DECEMBER MOOD BOARD: 7 REASONS TO COLLECT THE MOODIEST MONOCHROMATIC ART

For a while now, I’ve had this theory that monochromatic paintings are among the most underrated elements of decor one might add to their living space. After compiling some evidence and testing it against my hypothesis, I feel confident in making a case for venturing to the dark side.

Photo: Pablo Zamora

Photo: Pablo Zamora

  1. IT’S BOLD: Boldness comes in many forms, but boldness in the form of simplicity is as inviting as it is rare.

Oliver Gustav

Oliver Gustav

2. PROLONGED GRATIFICATION: It’s like when you get a new phone case or cocktail dress with a bright print or text, and then a month later you wish you just got the black one.

3. FIND DEEPER MEANING: Sometimes art that says the least on the surface, speaks volumes deep down.

4. HIGH CONTRAST EQUALS HIGH REWARD: “To be successful, a room must contain the element of contrast in forms, as well as colors and textures.” — Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

Via fredagsinspirajon

Via fredagsinspirajon

5. GET MORE VALUE (WITH LESS EFFORT) THAN WALLPAPER OR WALL PAINT: The trendy black accent wall, but make it art.

Leanne Ford Interiors

Leanne Ford Interiors

6. KEEP IT CLEAN: There’s something about clean, geometric lines that emanates reason, stability, and sophistication. I ended up going down a very interesting rabbit hole on the internet as to why this is, but I’ll spare you the details and let you decide for yourself.

7. GET THE EDGE: Much like a sharp leather jacket or a pair of stiletto boots, dark, monochromatic art strikes the perfect balance between classical and avant-garde.

INTRODUCING: THE MOOD BOARD

One thing that’s become increasingly obvious in my day-to-day life is my penchant for data mining, relative to my work. Studio time isn’t always as lengthy and productive as I hope it will be, so as I go about everyday tasks, I collect information (visual, literary, musical, conceptual, etc.). Most of the time, it’s done unconsciously, but I like how my Art Brain is still at work even when I’m not physically applying paint on canvas. As a result, when the time comes to get my hands dirty, there’s less mental congestion to work around.

So, I’ve started jotting things down. It’s just your everyday mood board, helping to more intentionally process and organize little moments of awareness, inspiration, and whatever else grabs hold of me. I’ll be sharing it (hopefully somewhat regularly) here on my website, with the aim of enriching my studio practice, plus the added bonus of giving the blog a little more love.

Today's mood board encompasses imagery about symmetry, something I could contemplate endlessly. I love a symmetrical fashion statement, or when an interior space is thoughtfully balanced. It's everywhere in nature, mathematics, and, of course, art.

Explore for yourself: images are linked accordingly.