Thursday, November 16, 2017

Push and Pull of Color

In the e-class I am taking with
"Own Your Own Colors"
we are working on 
the push and pull of color temperature. 
(a la Hans Hoffman) 

For mine, I painted over the painting below,
focussing on manipulating the blocks of color.  

This painting had gone through so many stages, 
I figured I had nothing to lose. 

(Melinda liked the before better than the after. 
Oh well) 

Here are just a few of the I pad sketches I did
 along the way, 
while playing with color shapes. 

Well, I guess it's true. 
It's all about the process,
not the product!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thinking Less

Here I played with varying 
the size of the shapes and patterns
 and using cools and warms. 

"Fire Pit"
8 x 6 collage

I began with the dark blue pattern at the bottom
and the rest just happened. 
Working with collage is 
helping me think less. 


My good friend Sally Dean 
asked me how I got the yellow in last post, 
referring to complementary colors. 
(Blue and orange)

I forgot to mention that
 in the exercise we were allowed 
to add one more color as an accent in the end. 
I added Indian yellow! 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Complementary Colors

For this lesson I used two complementary colors 
plus black and white. 
I chose Phtalo Turquoise and Cadmium scarlet.

"Summer Dreams" 
14 x 14 oil 

The range of colors you can get is amazing. 
And the neutrals are so harmonious
 when you limit the palette like that! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

On-line painting class

I'm taking an on-line painting class called 
"Own Your Colors" 

One of the assignments was to invent colors  
using a black and white image as a reference,
making sure the values stay the same.  
It teaches you how to see value in color. 
This is more difficult than it looks.  

"Ironing Hankies" 
20 x 16 oil 

Here is my reference photo 
and a Black and white image of the painting.

It's fun to how close you can get. 
And it helps you see the big shapes of value. 

This is right up my alley. 
She gives you the whole course 
at once and everyone goes at their own pace. 
We post and comment in a private group on FB
 and there are artists from all over the world in the class. 
She is extremely organized and helpful. 

Drawing Circles and Ellipses

In order to get everyone more relaxed when drawing
we did an exercise called 
"running the track".  

I had them draw an organic shape, 
a geometric shape
and an abstract shape. 

Then they were to "run" their pencil along the lines
over and over again, using different grips.   

Then we practiced drawing circles and ellipses
on sheets I found on the internet. 
This is much harder than it looks! 

A great way to practice hand / eye control! 

As always, it's a true joy to work with these 
smart, engaging and eager folks!  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ken Kewley workshop

I am completly enthralled after 
taking a three day 
Abstract Landscape Collage workshop 
at Concord Art this weekend.
He is an amazingly organized and generous instructor
and we all did an incredible amount of work!

We painted our own papers
and produced hundreds of small 
abstract landscapes. 
(without thinking too much) 

Here, I used just geometric shapes:

"Harbor Town"
4 x 4 

Here are my two "unrestricted" landscapes
done on Sunday

6 x 6 

6 x 6 

On Sunday we created three D
structures using cardboard and paint. 
Then we collaged them from four different angles! 

This was by far one of the most exciting and 
engaging workshops I have ever taken.
I can't wait to see where it takes me! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Teaching Value in Drawing

We did a five value scale
in pencil this week in our  
drawing class at Linden Ponds. 

I then set up a simple object under a 
strong light source.
They were to draw an outline of the obvious shapes
 of different values
and assign one to each section.

I'm continually amazed at how quickly 
(and willingly) 
these total beginners work. 
It's a gift to see them discover the 
joy of seeing.