I didn’t start out with any color plans and just grabbed a pretty orangey shade from my marker box.

But as soon as the color hit the paper I started thinking about fresh, ripe cantaloupe.

Using colors inspired by flavors can be a good way to find pleasing color palettes.

Bright orange and green might not be your first choice when you try to think of a harmonious color scheme, but when you think of them as cantaloupe and honeydew melon shades they make perfect sense.

Of course it’s possible that someone viewing this coloring might not know that I was inspired by summer melon colors, but I think that when the colorist places colors with a feeling of confidence the viewer will pick up on that feeling too. They might not be able to describe your coloring with the same words you’d use, but the picture will hold a sense of familiarity and order.

Perhaps this will remind some people of carrots and celery, or of sliced peppers in all kinds of colors. If you are ever stuck when trying to choose a color scheme, I highly recommend a trip to the produce aisle at your local grocery store!

(Today’s coloring is from Balance For Crayons And Wide Tipped Markers.)