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Nicola Cooke is a professional contemporary artist and photographer  living and working in Dorset, UK.

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By Nicola Cooke, Mar 18 2014 08:27PM

Partying and Whispers


I do love clear, vibrant, bright colours, partying their way across paper and canvas – turning heads and stopping people in their tracks. I have a penchant for pure, unadulterated cobalt blue which gleams and shimmers a cool glow from the paper. Pink and orange (together, of course!), are favourites of mine. Many of my much-loved things are pink and orange, and when I say pink, I mean vibrant pink and brilliant orange. I have a beautiful huge Moroccan parasol that Justin and the boys gave me as a present, which is orange on top, pink underneath and is fringed with tinkling silver jingly dangles – I love it!


But partying aside, there is something that fascinates and lures my attention in some ways more. Whispers. Yes, whispers. Beautiful, pearly, subtle colours that quietly whisper to the viewer. Curious and interesting hues – silvery lichen greens, collar-dove grey, soft pale duck-egg blue, blackberry smoothie mauve (many of my colour inspirations come from foodie things!!) are just a few of the subtle colours that capture my imagination.

For me, when subtle colours are used, sometimes with the addition of a strong colour , or black, and built up in translucent layers, I find I may spend more time taking in and absorbing the painting than if they had been bright and bold.


I am passionate about colour and the way it is used, particularly in paintings.

I am a great advocate for experimental colour mixing and colour combinations. I love looking at the way artists use colour and how their colour palette works for their paintings.

I have discovered some artists, both through-out history and also of today, who have mesmerizingly brilliant colour palettes. Some of them incredibly famous – and others, quite excitingly, are not.

In my next blog entry I shall introduce the first one of my artist ‘colour heroes’.


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