neutral madness

Still working on creating neutral colors from three “recipes”: red + green, blue + orange, yellow + purple.

first: my neutral mixes, plus grey and muted colors.

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second: starting with grey (neutral) and adding back in one drop of yellow, one drop of red, one drop of blue:

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third: the floor of the art class/studio.

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John Ruskin

”When once we see keenly enough,  there is very little difficulty in painting what we see; but, even supposing that this difficulty be still great, I believe that the sight is a more important thing than the painting; and I would rather teach painting that my pupils may learn to love Nature, than teach the looking at Nature that they may learn to paint.”

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looking for complEments

Color theory. Finding the neutral “achromatic” by blending complementary colors. Takes practice to see what’s there – what’s not there! Here’s some of my homework:11363E36-C02B-4100-BB8A-161EDA50A5EA.jpeg

And here’s a little 4×6 card, trying out neutrals?

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oil paint

Oil paint represents something to me – not sure what. Seriousness? Commitment? Having to take myself seriously? Not sure why or how oil paint became something other people did – not me.

But here I am, learning oil paint with my art classes. First week – black & white, second week a limited palette: black, white, red (burnt sienna?), some yellow that I was urged not to use full strength.

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bad choices

I took 29 classes with Phil Sylvester  at The Drawing Studio in Portland. Fortunately, he also has written about art-making, so I can continue to access his teaching. From philsylvesterdrawingstudio.wordpress.com, Jan 2, 2018: “I can’t learn and grow if my explorations are limited only to what I suspect will be good choices.” So I made bad choices today, including using lottery tickets that someone tossed into the street (perhaps their bad choices?).

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last snow day?

I made a photo folder on my phone for future possible projects. It’s called “Paint Me.” This one got my interest first. The photo was taken at North Beach, Port Townsend.

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