To put it simply: Amy Blackwell’s paintings and illustrations are striking. Focused mainly on women portraits, as well as the natural world, she admits she’s inspired by what she calls “the weird and wonderful”, as well as history, fashion, and folklore.
But her true, most basic inspiration comes from the colors themselves. “I source a lot of my inspiration from colors that are around me,” she told Notts Made. “I didn’t realise until recently, actually, that a lot of them are seasonal, which kinda makes sense. You soak up what’s going on around you in the shops, in fashion, just in the streets, in the world.”
Talking about her different color stories she went on to explain that “in the spring there are lots of fresh colors, in summer everything gets a bit richer and more vibrant, then things tone down again over the winter and you get that nice circle.”
Based in the midlands, Blackwell has a small studio space at backlit in Nottingham. “I definitely start off with a color idea where I’m like ‘I really want to see these colors together,'” she stressed, “and then my brain starts trying to piece together a picture with that will work.”
Check out some of her eye-popping creations in the gallery below.