Class Notes – Oils 3/30/2009

March 31, 2009
demo color study, 14x18", oil on canvas pad

demo color study, 14x18", oil on canvas pad

detail of small brass teapot, one of my favorite parts of this

detail of small brass teapot, one of my favorite parts of this

Concepts presented:

  • color harmony in this set up is based on complements (orange, purple, green), predominant magenta in orchids needs to be handled carefully so as not to become garish or overbearing
  • palette = burnt umber, cobalt, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, alizarin, cadmium red, teeniest amount of magenta from the tube, I abandoned the idea of using it in favor of mixing the magenta out of alizarin and cadmium red which created a more natural looking (though less true to life) harmonious magenta
  • added in an extra orange, flower petals and cut stems on table to help make the lower half of the composition busier as well as to tie the wine bottle to the other elements, it needed a better connection
  • kept the flowers very abstract, as well as the glass bottles in order to make this less of a narrative painting about fruit/flowers and more of a contemporary study of color
  • working with a limited palette, using complements to neturalize colors and testing or experimenting with logical uses of color will help you develop a better understanding of color harmony and an intuitive sense of color selection
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Exhibit Opportunity for Women Artists

March 31, 2009

The 113th Annual Open Juried Exhibition of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club will be held October 1 – 23, 2009 at the National Arts Club in New York City. All women artists are elligible, the exhibit offers 40 awards totaling over $9,000. The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is the oldest professional arts club for women in the US. This is a highly competitve exhibit and you may only enter one painting–select your best work and please don’t include anything done in a class or workshop. Entries must be postmarked July 2, 2009, for a complete prospectus, visit www.clwac.org. Good luck!!!


Class notes – Pastels 3/26/2009

March 29, 2009
study of glass object, pastel 5x8"

study of glass object, pastel 5x8"

Concepts presented:

  • begin with charcoal underpainting, work from dark to light to capture wide range of values
  • select colors before you begin painting, this will help you to use less individual colors and to create more colors via mixing
  • work from dark to light, cover entire surface with pastel early on
  • as you work into the medium color values pay close attention to the relationship of adjacent values
  • add the highlights last, these will give the glass the final “pop” it needs to truly appear transparent
  • pay attention to the temperature of the highlights, none will be “pure” white–each will have a bit of warm or cool color in them

Class notes – Acrylics 3/26/2009

March 28, 2009
color study demo, 14x14" acrylic on canvas

color study demo, 14x14" acrylic on canvas

Concepts presented:

  • still life set up consisting of primary colored objects, plus some  glassware for variety
  • using a limited palette (ultramarine, cadmium yellow, yellow oxide, cadmium red, burnt umber + titanium white) I’ve mixed all the complementary colors as needed from these 6 colors
  • although the primary color scheme predominates in this composition, there is a lot of complementary color variation in the shadows, highlights and reflections
  • look carefully at whatever you are painting to find the colors that are not always obivously apparent–for example, we know the blue coffee pot is blue, but there are reflections on it that have hints of violet, red, yellow ochre and burnt umber
  • I introduced a subtle green in the background to play up the vibrancy of the reds (green is the complement of red)
  • the yellow vase and lemon are a very strong cadmium yellow with violet toned shadows
  • this is a good exercise to do regardless of your experience level with color mixing, but particularly important if you are a beginner
  • looking for hidden colors in actual set ups is far more interesting and informative than simply mixing up colors to make a color chart
  • the more you force yourself to mix colors with a limited palette, the better acquainted you will become with color behavior and harmony

Final Auction in Spring Series Friday March 27 at Salmagundi

March 26, 2009
"Feels Like Monday", acrylic on canvas, will be featured in tomorrow's auction at the Salmagundi Club

"Feels Like Monday", acrylic on canvas, will be featured in tonight's auction at the Salmagundi Club

Tomorrow night at 8 p.m. the final auction in the Spring Auction Series will be held at the Salmagundi Club. “Feels Like Monday”, an acrylic on canvas, will be featured in the event. The auctions are held each spring and fall to raise funds for the Club’s maintenance and renovation of its historic brownstone headquarters on Fifth Avenue.

If you cannot attend but would like to place a bid, visit www.salmagundi.org  to obtain an absentee bidding form. You may also call the Club at 212-255-7740 if you need assistance or have questions about the bidding process or the auctions in general.  The Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York City.


Acrylic demo painting from last week finished

March 25, 2009
still life study, demo from last week's acrylics class finished
still life study, demo from last week’s acrylics class finished
detail of bottle transparency, brushwork
detail of bottle transparency, brushwork

This is finished, will bring to class tomorrow morning to review. Am planning to have a small set up tomorrow consisting of primary colored objects along with a few glass objects for variety. Exercise will focus on color mixing and color harmony, reflections and varying colors to express mood/tone.


A little more progress

March 25, 2009
work in progress, oil on canvas

work in progress, oil on canvas

Lots more to be done on this, beginning to build up color and opacity in this layer. Palette = cobalt, alizarin, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, burnt umber + titanium white. Medium = linseed/turps mix.