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Whenever I pass this derelict corner in Peckham London I can’t help taking a quick snap. I have photographed this very same spot many times, in all types of weather. I absolutely love the colour combinations found on this south east London corner and the palette framed automatically transfers me to Northern Africa and the souks of Morocco. Why? I am not quite sure. All I know is that I love the turmeric yellow, next to the cinnamon brown, the lift of cream and the dark cumin stripe on the right. The spot of dark green representing the fresh mint tea, served in glass tumblers, the flash of pink a reminder of the many delicious sweet treats on offer. I can imagine this palette working well for both fashion and the home. I will explore and share the result. This colour palette makes me want pack my bags and head for Morocco to explore.




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Bermondsey shutters.

I passed these lovely shutters the other day and could not help taking a quick picture. Love the muted colours of brick, coral, Paynes Grey, cream and hint of rust next to the grey in the right hand corner.

A well balanced palette I can imagine working well to create a warm and homely interior. Love the idea of these colours on fabric for fashion too but would add black to the palette. It’s not always the most vivid primary colour palettes that speaks to me when out and about;  but like this one you do not have to be loud to be beautiful.

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A little bit wired but at the same time good. Snapped on my way to the studio this morning, this simple but rich colour palette spoke to me. Two tones of yellow, two tones of greyish blue. Sounds like a simple but good recipe. A recipe I would like to try. Two tones of yellow with the one boarding on orange or perhaps tangerine would be the correct description. Using a colour I would describe as yoke yellow to sit right next a to  a shade of tangerine makes this palette interesting. Add two tones of greyish blue or Payne’s grey a long standing love of mine to the mix and instant richness and order in the colour ranks have been restored. The truth is that as nearly opposites in the colour wheel these shades would always create something interesting if presented together. To be continued.

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The back of this scaffolding van just talked to me when I was whizzing passed. Lovely shades of pinks and blues a colour combination that I keep revisiting. A touch of pink and optimism to break up a sea of winter blues seems like a good idea in wardrobe terms.  Reflecting on this particular colour combo, it also strikes me that whenever I see others wearing this ‘classic’ combo it always re-confirms how much I like it. It’s something about the combinations of blue and pink that seems to work with a wide verity of hair colours and skin tones. Easy and fresh. 

I love the different shades of blues and pinks and the flecks of red against the natural colour of the steel poles. I can instantly imagine that this palette will work well on any artwork using watercolours to merge the tones. 

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Deep in the city of London I spotted these lovely natural tones of colour and texture whilst waiting for my train. Only the simplified underground logo, an instant giveaway of where this picture was taken.

The natural tones of cream and ‘driftwood’ in different shades with an accent of two bright blue stripes works well. A palette easy to wear and to create with. When worn I feel these colours used in the same proportion as shown in this picture, mainly naturals with a pop of bright blue leaves enough room for your personality to shine. I can imagine an outfit of naturals with a bright blue handbag or hat. Me forever and always an accessories lover.

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Metallic shimmer in many shades is what I personally associate with 70’s disco, the allure of sparkling lurex if you will. My own personal taste mean that when it comes to mixing my metals I remain quite conservative, if I can help it.

Snapping this image of an old rusted gate makes me predict that this might change in the future. I absolutely love the shade of cool silver next to the warm copper tone sat against the sparkly dark green and classic black.

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