Saturday, March 27, 2010

Exploring Color Workshop with Lori Putnam

Last weekend I attended Lori Putnam's Exploring Color Workshop in Franklin Tennessee. Lori is a very talented artist with a wealth of knowledge. I've spent years attempting to "paint what I see" and although I still need to work on that, now I have set personal goals to gain knowledge on color relationships, design and composition. This particular workshop concentrated on color relationships only, not composition or drawing or design.

Lori uses a limited palatte, I also use this most of the time.

Lori lecturing and giving us an assignment on color schemes and mood schemes.
Below is my Exploration 1--a painting based on using two colors on the color wheel, without regard for subject. We just picked a spot in the room and painted it using 2 colors. In case you can't tell from this picture, I chose orange and green. The subject is believeable even though you are using colors that you wouldn't normally use--such as a purple apple still reads as an apple--regardless of color.

Below is my exercise on color relationships. Note the pinkish color in the middle is the same on both exercises but appears to be different because of the colors surrounding them.

The next painting is my exercise on schemes and mood schemes. We got to choose from a basket what colors we were to use and to paint from the gray slide (see Lori's pic above for our reference). My painting was based on a "natural" color scheme. I have several of these exercises to do and eventually I want to work through all of them.

I liked Lori's workshop and teaching style so much, I have signed up for her Weekend Warrier Painting Workshop in April.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fred's Walk

This is my latest painting of Fred and his Grandson walking on the beach in Florida. I would say that this is what being a Grandparent is all about. As usual my photography is a little suspect--please ignore the "glare". Getting back in the studio feels good after my little break.

7 x 5