So we have a demo this week. Remember, do keep painting on your projects if you love the paint time.
If you wish to sit in on the demo: We’ve decided on foliage as the subject-trees, grasses and landscape type imagery. Color Theory exploration will involve contrasts in value, hue, complementary pairs and simultaneous contrast. All of that! in a tree study! The demo this week will be in acrylic medium and I’ll share my enthusiasm for extender being added to the mix. The two approaches I will share will be scumble and wet-on-wet paint applications.
The Bruce has their annual arts and crafts show on the grounds today and tomorrow. And the Alfred Sisley exhibit is still on display. He is certainly worth a look; he was known for his skies and water. I am fond of the two large more impressionistic works towards the back gallery-the trees have a life of their own. Notice all the colors in the brushwork.
The demo today began with Vermeer’s painting, The Kitchen Maid-his drapery and mastery of light and dark (value contrast). This was a good starting point for our painting class. See demo pix below.
Next week is a full student paint class. Many of you have started very interesting works.
I look forward to working with you. As a reminder, the Supplies page on this blog has a list of acrylic paint suggestions. I would suggest that you add a slow dry medium and a basic gel medium to your supplies. And if you have the chance find a color wheel, value finder, glass palette, spritz bottle and bounty paper towels, bring those as well. RAC does not supply paper towels.
Feel free to continue to practice these exercises. Bring them to class and let’s discuss them. And, of course, work on your own projects, as always.
May 10, we will discuss the value of value studies. Most of the class will be devoted to you-all painting so bring in your projects and supplies. The first 45 min. will be a conversation about value contrast, Vermeer and warm and cool temperature in light and shadows. I look forward to meeting the new students.
Artists are working currently in oils and acrylics. I demo in both. I am also very happy working in mixed media, gouache, oil sticks and pastels. So bring the medium you feel comfy with and enjoy the lessons and the energy of the group.
This session is an 8 week class. I will demo one week for the first 45 minutes (then you paint until 1:00), skip one week/you paint, demo the next, etc. Each class has a focus of color and all of its complexities, mysteries and splendor. I am fairly random with the chosen topics but my students…so far…..have learned a lot from the vivid use of pigments, intelligent use of the color wheel (do buy one and a gray scale finder), and my practical methods for mixing and matching hues harmoniously.
In Color Confidence, I asked that you be self-directed and able to bring a project of your own to class and start and finish a painting. This is not an absolute beginners class (:/ I’m sorry). But, read this carefully, I have intermediate artists and advanced artists that fit together nicely. I work with you at your level individually and we all encourage, inspire and support each other. If you have concerns as to your level let’s talk.
The first topic I am planning to cover on May 10 is “Value creates form” (in warm and cool gray scale). Johannes Itten (color theory guru) identified seven characteristics of color contrast. Temperature (warm and cool colors) is one of those essential biggies as well as value (the light and dark of a color). The demo will be in gray scale tipping to warmer and cooler temps. In the last session, we talked about Johannes Vermeer and that as popular as he was in his day, he still could not afford the price of ultramarine ($$$ more expensive than gold in the mid 1600’s). He used a technique of rendering form in value first and then glazed thin layers of blue ultramarine over the rendered areas-all to preserve his precious pouch of crushed lapis lazuli (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultramarine). So we launch our discussion from this point-Vermeer, ultramarine blue, value contrast and temperature contrast. Following the discussion, you will begin to paint. Class ends at 1:00 but there is studio time open so you can continue to paint for about an hour before the next class begins (RAC is super generous this way).
I look forward to painting with you on Wednesday. And if you are new to my class, scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page and click on the follow button to subscribe.
We covered mixing with yellows and oranges this week.
It is interesting as you mix into deeper values with these hues how different the shades are. We all know how to discern a deep orange from a deep yellow now! And how to mix them. And, really important! how to combat the pasties-over whited high-lighted mixes.
We also continued the discussion on glazing. The when to, how to, and whys of glazing (for both oil and acrylic). You all seemed quite excited about trying this technique-that’s rewarding.
May 10 starts our new 8 week session. Please encourage your friends to sign up. We have room for more students. If you liked the class and benefited from my teaching, let others know about RAC and it’s classes (:-) especially mine).
A BIG thank you to my Match/April students. It was fun teaching you. I hope you move forward and continue with your studies. Take some summer courses. Remember that drawing is always a good place to start. Keep drawing-you need to understand what you are drawing-the lighting, the form, the values-for a solid foundation in painting.
Perhaps I’ll see you on Sunday at the opening. I’m still smiling rewarded that my painting is Best in Show.
More about “Neglecting Picasso”
I took this shot over a year ago at MoMA. I was captivated by the late winter light outside the window and the drama created by such deep shadows and equally dominant vibrant blue. Yes, I glazed ultramarine over my skies to get that saturation. And the winter yellow is cooler than you will see in the summer; it tips a bit green with more white loaded into the mix. The name comes from the fact that I was day dreaming and looking outward (typical) instead of looking at the Picasso retrospective, my intended focus at MoMA that day.
We are sharing lunch on Wednesday.
Bummer, the weather looks terrible-rain. Maybe we can scoot over to 101 or Sails for a bite.
We are exploring yellow and orange mixing in the class demo this week. It is not always easy to identify yellows once pulled down in value-they make interesting green shades.
May 10 starts the new session. In the next group of classes I suggest we explore palettes for Johannes Vermeer, George Bellows, and the broad topic “palette-varied flesh tones”. This will be an eight week session so the rhythm will be lecture one week for an hour plus paint time. and the next week will be pure student paint time. So we will cover 4 topics in the 8 weeks. During paint time, as always, I will support you individually in your chosen direction and medium.
I finished this painting this week. I enjoyed exploring body, texture and transparency using cold wax oil painting. Yes, I glazed with ultramarine in the skies (one of our recent topics).
New York Botanical Gardens has Chihully works displayed and is worth the trip (off hours as it will be popular) Even on an overcast day, the work was beautiful in the setting. No, I did not plan to match the schulpture 🙂 Also, ALERT, there is a plein air event there on June 11, Sunday, if that is your cup-o-tea.
Images for Varied flesh tones. Notice the complementary harmony: warm reds and cool greens.
I am heading into New York on Saturday.
Each semester, NCC (Norwalk Community College) rents a nice Lux-Bus and transports students to MoMA and to the MET. I’m hitching a ride. Fee is only $15.00 door-to-door-round trip. I am told there are still seats left and so the trip is available to the general public.
From Joe’s email: Seats are still available for this Saturday, April 22, for NYC Art Museum Bus Trip. Sign-up in W236. See attachment for specifics. It is open to all students, faculty, staff and general public.
I, personally, am heading to downtown Chelsea and the Whitney. But the bus stops first at the MET and then at MoMA.It’s easy, choose one location and come and go from there. Contact the chairman if you want to attend. email@example.com Joe Fucigna
They are very near the Metropolitan-walkable. You must be back at the drop-off location on time though.
And locally check out the tag sale at Silvermine. Silvermine Arts Center
And they have a major opening that evening as well.
Next week I’ve decided to stay with the primary color mixing. Yellows make for interesting mixes when combined with their complements. I will hope that you will learn to discern your shades in oranges and yellows following the demo.
AND Bring a bag lunch, we will be sharing a bite to eat after class. If the day is sunny and warm, we can zip over the Bayley Beach which local and lovely. If chilly…we’ll figure it out.
Tell your friends about the class, if you enjoyed it. May 10 starts the next session.
We’ve covered a lot of ground in four weeks. Blues, reds, mixing demos and “how to paint clouds” demo. This week let’s talk about color harmony chords. This will be a continuation of exploring the Artists’ Spectrum Color Wheel we all share.
Class 5 then will be about harmony. There will be a discussion at the start of class and then painting time to follow. Class 6 is our last class on April 26.
If you have friends you think might enjoy this class, please invite them to the group. The new session starts on May 10. Same time and day-Wednesdays at 10am-1:00.
Class 5, this week will be introducing color schemes/harmonies/groupings:
I’ve added two sites that are relevant to our class discussion. One is on the varied whites-their warm/cool temperature slant and also their transparency- and how you might use them in oils. The second link is on combining your own oil medium for painting.
Hi enthusiastic artists, we explore reds this week. I’ve been digging around and found some interesting history to share. The short mixing demo will cover reds and their complementary color green. This week, I will keep the demo short to allow for more painting time for each of you. The demo will start at 10:00 and end at 10:45.
I wanted you to take a look at one of my favorite artists. Neil Welliver. You know how apposed I am to having black on the palette. Well this shows me!
Welliver’s palette includes eight colors of oil paint: white, ivory black, cadmium red scarlet, manganese blue, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, and talens green light.
*Manganeese blue-acool turquoise blue. It is a medium-staining transparent pigment with wonderful granulating properties. A good substitute for Cerulean Blue. In its natural form, considered toxic. MBlue is now synthetically manufactured and considered stable and safe. (always read your paint labels: the term Hue implies synthetic and non-toxic…sadly often less beautiful than the original hues)
and this….Introduced in the mid 1930’s, the Barium Manganate pigment was manufactured from the mined ore for only about 50 years. Even so, true Manganese Blue gained a devoted following among painters, and was highly prized for its intense beauty and brightness.
If you have an hour to watch, this is a wonderful video on his process and approach. Some of you asked how to organize your palette; take a look at his table and set up. Love it. neil welliver
A few of my friends were accepted into the Spectrum show. Here is the opening info.
The Carriage Barn Arts Center
Opening Saturday, April 22nd
4 – 6 pm
Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT