Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Beauty of Color

My online watercolor class is going well and everyone is having a wonderful time learning how to correctly use color in their paintings.  There is still time to join in on the fun.  Registration is open until August 1, 2013.   Here is a small sample of some of the paintings from the class and what students are saying:

 “Today I learned that I MUCH prefer tetras to triads! A good thing to know I suspect.”  Kaaren
Kaaren's Pears
“I have enjoyed your class so much!  I hope you will do more soon.  I have your DVD and your book.  But I want more!  Putting miles on my brushes,

“I love using the different color triads and compliments etc to make different works.”  Kristin

“I am so enjoying this workshop, and am really learning some things that I never learned in an art class before.  But I wanted to say that (in addition to finally understanding how a color wheel works) I love the idea of the chicken exercises and also the demo of transitioning the colors around the wheel, and "mixing, muddling and mingling...all great lessons, and I can't wait to try them!”
Celeste's Colorful Hearts
“I'm having a great time with these lessons. They are simple, but you learn so much about the paint itself and the colors.”   Celeste

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hearts on Fire

I have new mixed media watercolor painting available for purchase.  The first in the series is "Hearts on Fire"
Hearts on Fire, Original Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Limited Color Palette

I recently visited the Farnsworth Museum in the cute coastal town of Rockland, Maine.  It is so exciting to see what color palette great art masters like the Wyeth family uses.  N. C. Wyeth was an American artist and illustrator for such books as Treasure Island, Robin Hood and The Last of the Mohicans.  His son, Andrew Wyeth, was one of the best known artist of the 20th century and I have always admired his son's work, James Wyeth.  The museum had pieces from all three generation of artists.  I was awestruck by the beauty that each of them could portray with a monochromatic or an analogous color scheme (if you are taking my online color class right now, you are familiar with these terms!).  Here below is an example from each of the Wyeths.  I chose these paintings to share because of their use of a limited palette.
"The Hunter" by N.C. Wyeth.  Powerful and bold - look at the beautiful use of a limited palette and a splash of red!

"Master Bedroom" by Andrew Wyeth.  This painting tells such a wonderful story, all again with a very limited palette.  I want to curl up with that dog!

James Wyeth, Beautiful use of limited palette of blues and yellows.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Class has Started - Artful Gathering Online Color Workshop

A really cool thing about the Artful Gathering Online Retreat is that you can take several workshops at the same time over a six week period.  Since I have always admired Pam Carriker’s art, I signed up for her online workshop, Still Pursuing Portraits and she is taking my workshop, The Good, the Bad and the Beauty of Color.  We are having a great time sharing what we know!  I love Pam’s style of teaching.  She has taken away the fear of drawing a face and broken it down into easy to follow steps.  I am so excite and looking forward to drawing some portraits today!
My class, The Good, the Bad and the Beauty of Color, has started!  So far, the chatter in the classroom has been very fun.  Here are a few things that the students are saying:
Melissa says "I am really excited, I have learned so much from your other tutorials, I've been impatient to start!!!"
Susan says “One advantage of being in Europe is that we're already awake when the workshop is posted ;-)  I've been waiting for this for ages and am really looking forward to getting started."
Gina says “I’m very excited about this class as well! Any excuse diving into watercolor paints and learning more about color."
Pam Carriker says, “I finished making my little color book using my Bind It All and some matt board for the covers. I filled my palette, had to clean out my gouache paints and fill them with watercolors since I already had this palette. Now on to color wheels and my first page:-)”

A Color Study Example

My workshop is about learning the properties of the paints you use, proper mixing techniques and how to use the color wheel to make different color schemes to use in your paintings. You will feel confident in your color choices and learn how not to get muddy color mixes.  
There is still time to sign up and join the fun!  I hope you find time to add art to your daily life in one way or another.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jacqueline's July 2013 Newsletter Now Available

Hi There!
I just finished my July 2013 newsletter with an artistic ramble about keeping some whites in your paintings.