Thursday, August 19, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Here's an image that could progress very simply from light to dark and from general to specific.
Have some fun with these. Maybe try painting one without a plan. Just dive in and see what happens.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Is this barn warm or cool? Neither? Both?
It depends what we compare it to. When we see it juxtaposed against the grass it looks cool, but when it's next to the mountain it looks relatively warm.
When you ask how light or dark a shape is the answer is always, "Compared to what?" The same goes for color temperature. How warm is this barn? Compared to what? It's warmer than the mountain, but cooler than the grass.
And yet, even though this old gray barn can change its temperature, it is still a bit dull. It can be livened up by taking advantage of its complexity.
Since it has both warm and cool tendencies in this scene, why not mix a warm and a cool? Would you agree the barn has a dominant color? Blue, right? So start with blue, then add its compliment to neutralize it. You can allow the component colors to mix on the paper, leaving evidence of your process.
Friday, May 21, 2021
If you have to choose between too much information and too little, go for too little.
Here's a painting that uses no more than 3 layers in any given area to tell its story: Light, middle, dark.
Here are a few images that feature deep, heavily saturated paint. Many painters find them challenging, taking several layers to get the saturation rich enough. This exercise is an opportunity to practice getting it right on the first try.
Don't be shy, now.