Wednesday, May 21, 2014
"Paulette", 12x16" Painting with Three Colors
Last week, I taught a two day workshop in Huntley, Illinois on Color. We worked with a limited palette of red, yellow, and blue to really learn the properties of the colors and how to mix them effectively. On the evening between the two classes, I went to open studio to paint. All I had on my palette were my three colors, so I decided to put my theory to the test and paint only with what I had. This portrait is the result.
Paulette is a student of mine who has just graduated from high school. We will miss her so much when she leaves to go to college. An accomplished artist who will go on to do fabulous things with her life.
Below, you can see the color wheel that we mixed in class. (My students were MUCH neater than I was). Three colors can go a long way, and can eliminate a lot of confusion along the way. Once we have a really good understanding of the primary properties, we can go on to add other colors to our palette.