Sunshine through the Gates, 8 x 10 oil, color study
The last of this Color Series this month.
This one was the most challenging for me because of the detail in the gate. I was pleased with the way the shadows helped to frame the focal point.
Even though it's the last of the series I'm feel like I've only scratched the surface when it comes to tonal and color essence. I'm hoping to post more of my color studies in the future and to see the progress. I will leave you a quote from one of my favorite artist/author Charles Sovek. Who by the way use to live in Rowayton, CT and his studio is still there.
Directly from Charles Sovek, Artist and Author
Speaks about the famous artist: Joaquin Sorolla.
"Few artists in any period of history have exploited the effects of light as impressively as Joaquin Sorolla. Sunsplashed beach scenes, dramatically lit interiors and a daring approach to outdoor portraiture made him one of the most important painters of the century. Equally skilled at capturing both the tonal and color essence of a subject, Sorolla dedicated his life to chasing the sun as it played over the people and places of his beloved Spain. He continues to inspire students and professionals alike."
No. 7 in this month's color study series.
Even though there was a lot going on in this still life painting. I enjoyed the challenge of defining the larger shapes in this painting and playing with the color combination of purples, magenta, violet and golden yellow.
I thought this was very interesting what Robert Moore notes in his comments:
"Approaching Your Work
A word of caution about spending a lot of time in the planning stage: sometimes the best compositions are the accidental ones - coffee cups on the kitchen table with a jar of posies. Don't strive for the perfect setup or the perfect painting. Even if you admire the work of another artist, you don't want to paint exact copies. A painting is an expression of your own individuality, so paint for yourself and not for the approval of others. Think about hat you are painting - the beauty of the flowers - and don't worry about how the painting will turn out. It will be just fine."
This is wonderful advice since I have the tendency to get so caught up in the over planning of a painting that sometimes I even get tire half way through the process. Perhaps next time I will just through a bunch of stuff down and paint what's in front of me. No tweeking, altering, or editing. I'm going to challenge myself self to do this and how about you?
A Crisp Winter Steam, 8 x 10, oil color study
No. 6 in this month's color study.
Although my painting is much looser than the more detailed landscape I was studying, I found that blocking in large color shapes is the beginning of a very strong composition. My palette was much more intense and vibrant but what they have in common is the mood that these colors palettes share is a crisp wintery atmosphere.
I'm beginning to like this exercise even more now than when I started. With less attention to detail I can concentrate on the larger shapes and how dynamic each shape plays in the composition.
Did you know?
... based on the Article How Does Color Affect Learning? published on eHow Mom. com website..
Color at Home
Parents can create a creative environment in the home to inspire creativity and learning. Starting at infancy, a colorful bedroom is beneficial to the learning of a baby. Babies that have colorful bedrooms, increase intelligence at a faster rate than babies who do not have colorful bedrooms. The use of colorful toys and decor for infants and children alike, creates a fun environment as well as a learning environment. Color can affect mood. Warm colors can induce a comfortable feeling and bright colors can induce the feeling of excitement.
Colorful Bedroom Memories
When I was a little girl my mom had decorated my 1st bedroom with bold primary colors and my bedspread had large numbers and letters on it. By middle school we moved into a different house and in 7th grade we decided to paint my room emerald green and paint a huge rainbow going from one side all the way to the other side of the room. When I became a mom, the first thing I wanted to do was paint the bedrooms, the girls had a pink room with Winnie the Pooh decor and the boys had a blue room with Noah's ark theme. I'm not sure if any of us increased our intelligence at a faster rate with all these colorful rooms but what I do know is that the color if the room definitely effects your mood and energy level.
Midnight Cafe, 5 x 7, oil color study
No. 5 Color Study
Here's no. 5 of this month's color study series.
How I loved painting the deep blue buildings and shadows. This is one of my favorite colors the actual colors that I mixed together were phthalo violet and cerulean blue.... but to give it a name I would retire to my Benjamin Moore paint chart and call it... "Starry Night Blue"... what a cool job to be the person who names the paint colors at these paint companies like Benjamin Moore or Behr Paints.
Color and Mood
another bit of interesting info from the eHow mom.com site
Different Colors Cause Different Moods
The colors red, orange and yellow stimulate and increase brain activity. The colors green, blue and violet induce relaxtion. Teachers can design classroom decor to match either an active or relaxed style of learning. Classroom assignments and presentations can use color to enhance learning. Children that are overly stimulated could benefit from the relaxing colors. Children with attention disorders can benefit from brain stimulating colors.
So what color puts you in a relaxing mood? or in an energetic mood? Can you come up with a creative name like the famous paint companies?
Sidewalk Shadows, oil 5 x 7, color study
No. 4 - Color Study
Here's the fourth color study in this series. I just loved the long shadows the trees made on this sidewalk. although the colors in my painting aren't as muted in the original. ( I think my scanner is off a bit) The complimentary colors really stand out here in both the red and green hues.
More interesting facts from the article:
How Does Color Affect Learning? from eHow Mom. com
Color and Creativity
Color inspires creativity and encourages students in coming up with new ideas. The use of color not only assists students in artist projects, color stimulates creativity thinking towards story writing and helps students to evaluate and solve questions.
Once my daughter asked me why do I always buy black sketchbooks? "Why don't you buy colorful sketchbooks?"
I had to think about that answer for a little bit. I'm not really sure since I wouldn't think black was a color (which black isn't a color) that would stimulate creative thinking. My only guess would be that "you can't judge a book by it's cover" because inside my regular 8 x 11 plain old black sketchbook is a COLOR EMPORIUM!
Fall at the Pond, 5 x7 oil, color study
No. 3 Color Study
Here's no. 3 in the color study series I'm working on this month.
I'm working from a book by Walter Foster called The Art of Oil Painting. There are so many wonderful artists in this book with step by step instructions and techniques to creating beautiful paintings.
I also want to share with you more on the article I found in eHow mom. com
Did you know?
Children Remember Colors Better Than Verbal Cues
A study conducted in 1999 by Vuontella, showed that children remember color cues better than verbal cues. Combining lesson material with colors can help children to memorize information. For instance, flash cards with facts can be presented with colored backgrounds. Each fact can have a different colored background. The students will associate the color with the fact, helping them to recall the information.
I've been using color code systems for a long time in my i calendar program and it works great. I block out times and select a category say painting and drawing time is purple, travel time is golden yellow, family time is red and me time is light blue. Then when I glance at the week I can see if my scheduled time is balanced between work and family time and then everything else in between.
Painting by William Schneider
Artist: William Schneider:
"After trying out careers in the music and financial industries, Bill Schneider has returned to his first love: painting. He studied at the American Academy of Art and has won awards in several national juried shows. Bill's work is represented by galleries in California, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Wisconsin and has been published in American Artist's Magazine as a finalist in the Portrait Category of their annual Art Competition,"
Bill Schneider's tip:
this quick field study that I painted on site helps me gauge the actual colors I observed in this scene. When painting fall colors, the natural tendency is to make them too intense. Try this experiment when painting outdoors: Tie a yellow or red piece of cloth to a tree, and you'll be able to see how much grayer the leaves really are in comparison."
Here's the second in this series of color studies I'm working on this month.
I happen to come across this article in eHow Mom website about:
How Does Color Affect Learning? Although this is geared toward classroom students and children I think it's worth reading. Hope you find it interesting too.
Color Encourages Learning
Children learn and retain information longer when color is used in educational material and in the classroom. Eighty percent of the brain receives information visually. Color simulates the visual sense and encourages the retention of information.
Note: my scanner didn't want to read the colors right in this image and even thought I tried to make color adjustments in my photo editing program... it's still not close to the original print.
Desert Casita by Michael Obermeyer
Artist: Michael Obermeyer: A native of southern California, Michael Obermeyer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration at California State University.
Michael's tip: by making quick thumbnail sketches of the subject you can determine the emphasis of the scene.
NOTE ABOUT ARTIST: I listen to a weekly talk radio program called Artist's Helping Artist, hosted by Leslie Saeta, on their March 15,2012 show Michael Obermeyer was a guest. It was a fantastic interview and lots of great information. If you want to hear more recorded shows just this link Artist's Helping Artist blog talk radio.
Color study in oil 5 x 7
The next 8 blog posts will be dedicated to a series of demo paintings I just finished yesterday.
Life long learning is... well an obsession for me... I really do love to learn and improving my artistic skills and ability is a big one for me.
Free Videos: Art Tips:
Last week I was watching several short clips from Jerry's Artorama - free art lessons with Mike Rooney. I discovered Mike's work on Daily Paint Works website and I really enjoy the clear accurate yet impressionist style Mike shows in his work. I love the way he captures the light sun light on on his subjects. He has beautiful coastal and residential paintings.
Mixing and Matching:
One of the many tips that I learned from watching these short art clips is practicing mixing and matching colors or values by using magazine or newspaper pages. Although I've heard this idea before this time it hit me after I purchase a recent oil painting demo book The Art of Oil Painting/Walter Foster and was ooohing over each picture saying to myself..
"I would love to paint like this.. or this ... or this... Why not give it a try.
So I started painting small 5 x 7 oil paintings really not for complete accuracy or to achieve a finished piece of work.
Setting a Goal
My goal was to study, and analyze these works for understanding composition, color harmony, color mixing and brush work.
I'll post each painting separately giving the artist's name and full credit for the original work and what I learned while working on these quick studies.
Original Artwork by Robert Moore -
quoted directly from the book: "The colorful paintings of Robert Moore clearly communicate his deep respect and appreciation for nature.
Much of his initial study included color theory classes that transformed his color blindness into a positive and distinctive element in his work and teaching.
Using vivid colors and high-key values, he prefers to work on location to best capture the immediate impression of each subject.
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