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Introduced limited value driven palette (inspired by “Zorn” palette). Discussed and demonstrated how to set up the palette, and the properties of color as follows: (much of this information is gleaned from handprint.com, an excellent source for information of all things color!!) Basic Paint Attributes include: • color appearance: hue (the name of a corresponding spectral…
Lecture and computer demo A value driven composition is best for describing form (dimension), and “grabbing” the viewer’s attention from a distance. Having a value plan or notan is critical in keeping you on track of your painting destination In creating a notan it is important to have: Uneven distribution of light and dark; connecting…
I will qualify this post by admitting that i don’t always do notan studies for my painting. Sometimes I do a notan wash on my board and paint right over it. Sometime the picture i want to paint is more about color than value (rarely) and there is not real notan, as in I define the…
Some people are natural explorers, and like traveling without a map. While I enjoy an occasional mapless excursion, if I take too many, I tend to start feeling lost, aimless, and anxious. Here is a little exercise to help you develop your own custom artist map. It isn’t a rigid map and is very open for adjustment, new discoveries and growth. Give it a try! Writing all this out will help you understand clarify why you create, and which direction to go.
You won’t be able to do a wipe=out technique with turps or OMS on these boards without priming. Still the the advantage of the quick dry and being so lightweight, and inexpensive make this a excellent substrate for plein air sketches and studies.
For color block studies, I like to use the most saturated versatile pigments I can lay my knife on.
Open your eyes to the color of light
Learn to use a limited oil color palette
Prepare your tools for plein air painting
Train your mind to see accurately
Free your soul to express what you see
After being highly highly valued for centuries, color became forbidden fruit,.associated with loose reasoning, slack morals, and unrestrained living. In this extreme climate, reason, conformity, and moral rectitude ruled. Color, like emotion, was to be managed, controlled, and subdued.”
Getting clean, beautiful colour seems to be a common challenge for the oil painter. I promise the solution is quite simple. Ready? Make sure your palette is clean! Oh, and make sure your using the right colours—and plenty of them! If your mixing pools start to deaden from over-mixing, scrape them off! Who wants to…