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March 3, 2017

Watercolor Comps Illustration Class at FIT

The first 4 classes of my Watercolor Comps Illustration class at FIT were designed to teach, or review, painting with watercolors.  We had two classes with nude models, and several exercises using very limited palettes.  The first model was painted with only French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, and the second model was painted, in two poses, with Alizarin Crimson and Viridian Green.  The other exercises, in the first 3 weeks, also used limited palettes and photo illustrations to copy.  This week we had a demo using liquid Frisket and then were each given a color copy of a painting by Eli Rosenthal to try to reproduce.   We expanded to a full palette of our choice in an effort to maximize the lightest lights and darkest darks - beginning with an underpainting in some areas - and using varying amounts of water to soften edges.

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February 11, 2017

Missing Blog Post

Yesterday I added a post to my blog, updating a Feb 2006 blog post on a my color project, and although my post on Facebook and Feedly still have the entry, it does not appear on my actual blog this morning.   

This is the link, and I'm posting it here so I can find it again.

http://www.paperandthreads.com/2017/02/january_mixing_blues_1.php 

 

 

  

February 26, 2016

Battery Park City Still Life Paintings

Still Life #1  We had limited props for our still life drawings yesterday, but some of the clippings from the Park Conservancy, including pussy willows, were lovely.  I decided to play by drawing the arrangement with a brown watercolor pencil and then painting with watercolor over the watercolor pencil.  Brenda Swenson sketched with a watercolor pencil and then painted with watercolor in her demo in Sketchbook Skool Seeing.  And I haven't used the technique since then. 

 

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Still Life #2:  My 2nd still life was set up with childrens' art tools from a supply closet, and two of my brushes.  This was another experiment - using glazing like Felix Scheinberger demonstrated in Sketching Skool Expressing.  I put water on my watercolor paper and then dropped in 4 colors to make the background.  After it dried completely, I sketched the "tools" in pencil and then painted them in their original colors as a glaze.

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I feel completely free to play when I'm at these art sessions and quickly get in the flow and experiment.  It feels great. 

February 13, 2016

Abstract Painting With Acrylic Painting

This was one of the courses offered this semester at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  At first I didn't even consider it, because I like realistic drawing/painting and I like watercolor.  But I've read enough about theories of creativity, and ways to stimulate your brain, that I finally decided it might be good for me.  I have no idea how to handle acrylic paint, paint on canvas boards, or develop abstract compositions.  So I'm hoping to learn lots.  And then I'll go back to my usual preferred medium and realistic subjects.  But hopefully the experience will have opened my mind to many new ideas. 

The first two weeks of our class were spent doing color studies with 2 red, 2 blue, one yellow, one white and one black tube of acrylic paints. 

 Study 1:  Mix colors and paint a Color Wheel

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Study 2:Mix  brown from the Complementary Colors:ComplementarySIZE.jpgStudy 3:  Paint one hot and one cold square: 

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Study 4:  Using the colors we have, mix 40 different shades of Red 

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Next week I need to bring in sketches and ideas about an abstract painting - Yikes!   

September 18, 2015

FIT Fall Semester Watercolor Class

In 2003 I began to think about retirement activities and bought a student grade set of watercolors, and then played with paints, brushes, and paper over the next 2 years.  I read several watercolor books including Cathy (Kate) Johnson's beginning watercolor painting book.  It was great fun learning on my own and when I partially retired in 2005 I started to draw and paint in a sketchbook almost daily, graduating to Winsor-Newton artist grade tube watercolor paints and better paper.  I've now been retired 6 years and still play with watercolors trying to learn as much as I can by "doing." 

This semester there were still openings for Seniors in the one watercolor section that exists each semester at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and I just completed my second class ever.  We are using Strathmore 400 series 140 lb watercolor paper (18 X 24") and I'm still using my Winsor-Newton paints. 

In the first class, we painted a still life with mixtures of only 2 paints: burnt sienna and ultramarine blue, using quarter sheets and a 3/4" wide flat brush.   

Class 1 

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For homework we set up our own still life and did two 11 X 14" paintings, still using the same paper, brush, and colors. 

Homework 1

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Homework 2 

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Last night was class 2 and we worked on 1/2 sheets using the 3/4" flat brush and a triad of colors, to explore the virtues of Payne's Gray.  We could choose our own yellow and red, and I chose New Gamboge and Scarlet Lake as my other two colors.   

Class 2

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This is a very well structured class, and our exercises are designed to have us paint very loosely.   It is great fun!  I also like working with some restriction on color, even though I always use a very limited palette of primary colors - because I love mixing colors! 

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