Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The color of courage

Portrait class this week seemed to be a lot about color. The subject maybe be basic, but not simple, even when we break it down into Hue, Value, Temperature and Saturation. For the beginning artist, the technical "how" of achieving a desired color is imperative. The use of it, though, that's where expression  the fun begins!

Art keeps changing over time and culture with differing emphasis on symbol, or line, or form, or color or "reality" or "abstract"...there's no permanence or perfection or even progress, necessarily. As Tom says, we just keep trading our problems in for more interesting ones. Mastery begets new questions and on we go. And as Casey Baugh reminded us last spring at the Portrait Society of America meeting, Art is truly a universal language, at least to humans. What a grand adventure!

This is the final week of the How Do You Paint Courage exhibit which is finishing its tour at the Center for Creative Leadership.  [link How Do You Paint Courage]
In the photo on the left you can see Tom Edgerton's painting which I finally got to see in "person". I know the colors in the painting were chosen very deliberately and the result is quietly powerful. As courage often is.

And here is the beginning of a portrait with a new model who brought some nice colors into the sitting. It's going to be a lot of fun. Aloha!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Simply Jean

The day started gray, but now the colors outside are shining and glowing...even in the studio I think they are echoing within us. Hope you are feeling it, too. Aloha!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Value Relationships

Sounds like something to put on a Tshirt...along with Love One Another. We were speaking primarily of value relationships today in portrait class. Looking not just at the question of what value is this particular spot, but what's the relationship between these two areas of light and dark. Value shifts, even when subtle, do so much to express form in painting.

Still, Value Relationships is not a bad thing to keep in mind on  Election's easy to feel "unloved" when we allow issues to divide us. Sometimes it's easy to equate "issue" with "value", but we might find perfect agreement on values and yet find ourselves on opposite sides of any particular issue. Where some say that the end justifies the means, Gandhi said the end is the means. So, every day,  I'll  try to keep patience and respect close at hand. After all, we're neighbors. Aloha!