"I'm not a colour person"
...was the way I thought of myself for years. Deep down I simply knew that I'll never be great at mixing colours and creating palettes. I felt that I'll always have to use colour palettes matched by someone else, from a website or an app, rather than create anything that's truly mine. I knew that colour can never become part of my signature style.
I even took a course on colour theory. Even though there was a lot of information, I couldn't see how I could translate it into my art. I knew what a colour wheel is, but it made no difference to my daily craft and art practice.
But then something happened.
One night as I was watching a talent show on TV something really surprised me. I put my drink down and got up to get closer to the television. There was a group of dancers swirling around the stage, but it wasn't their moves or the music that fascinated me.
It was their outfits. They were wearing magenta skirts and tops and turquoise tights. My understanding, after taking a mini course in colour theory in past, was that this colour combo is not supposed to work. And yet it felt extremely vibrant and interesting.
I suppose this was my break through moment. I'm pretty sure a golden beam of light came from the sky and lit up my living room. I pulled out my art journal and quickly made a few scribbles with this colour combo using different shades of crayons.
Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it looked horrible.
But one thing I knew: I had to find out why and so my investigative nature pushed me to hours of experimentation. What I discovered inspired weeks and then months of learning all about colours and finding out why exactly some work so well together.
That was 12 years ago. Over the years I've learnt an enormous amount about colour. Most importantly I've practiced and experimented, often until I fell asleep at my desk.