Art is one of the most personal things out there. Who knows what it is in an image – whether a photograph, painting, graphic design or otherwise – that moves us. But we know it when we feel it – right? Kind of like love. We usually have a ‘type’ we’re drawn to, but every once in a while something comes along that breaks the mold and your world is turned a little upside down. And sometimes the two are very intertwined…

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Years ago I dated a nice Texas boy. Houston to be exact. I lived there for about two seconds and in that time I remember visiting the Rothko Chapel. I had always liked Rothko for his use of color (or sometimes, absence of) and abstract yet linear style. It kinda feels like the inside of my head – I like to see the world so simplified into blocks of color . But I digress. So, while I lived in Houston, we visited the Rothko Chapel, which was an appropriate name for the building because seeing his pieces in there is a religious experience to be sure, and I completely fell in love.

Ever since then, I’ve been drawn to Rothko’s works and others like it. Josef Albers is one artist that comes to mind…

I never would have thought myself attracted to such ‘simple’ art, but I realize it appeals to my type-a personality and love for color. And this style absolutely influenced the paintings I created for my own home that hang above my sofa because it’s one I can wrap my head around and express in my own way.

Trust me… I’m no artist. But the influence that Rothko, Albers and others have made – not only in my taste in art, but my understanding of color and the impact it has – makes such a difference in the way I perceive design. What about you? Do you have an artist who has influenced your style or aesthetic in other ways?

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12 responses on “ART + COLOR :: A LOVE STORY

  1. Patti

    so excited to see this post! I fell in love with Rothko’s work in college. I was always drawn to simple abstract shapes and beautiful color. What I would give to have an original in my apartment!! <3

  2. Jessica C

    what do you mean you’re no artist? people say this, but I don’t know what the phrase means. I think your paintings are beautiful– give yourself some credit, girl!

  3. fashionable palette

    Love this post. To me, there might be no one greater than Rothko…at least as far as abstract expressionism goes. His paintings are truly emotional pieces. And simply beautiful! PS…my humble opinion is that you, indeed, are an artist…

  4. Franki

    Color is art for me…subject matter…not so much. When I see dress design…art…when I see pillows…art. Personal. franki


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Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.