Introduction to Drawing Part I

Drawing is the basic componet of any artwork.  Like piano playing to a musician, a knowledge and growing skill of drawing gives a good foundation and raises the maturity level of our artwork.  A few components to consider as we pursue drawing: Draw everyday!  We artists tend to think that inspiration has to hit usContinue reading “Introduction to Drawing Part I”

Vibrant Color Part IV

Shadows are interesting.  Before the Impressionists came along with their love of painting outdoors, the studio painters tended to paint shadows as darker shades of the prevailing local color.  With observation we can see that there is not only color in light but color in shadows.  Unless something is completely dark there is some colorContinue reading “Vibrant Color Part IV”

Vibrant Color Part III

  We learn the color wheel as children.  The most basic version of the wheel has the primary colors of red, yellow and blue and the secondary colors of orange, green and purple.  We look at that wheel to see how secondary colors are mixed from the primary and to see the complimentary (opposite) colors.Continue reading “Vibrant Color Part III”

Vibrant Color Part II

A key in learning to paint color vibrantly is observation.  When we are young we learn that the sun is yellow, tree trunks are brown, the leaves are green and the sky is blue.  After we learn this elementary approach to color we tend to stop looking.  We really don’t observe in large part how lightContinue reading “Vibrant Color Part II”

Vibrant Color part I

I grew up with the term “artist” attached.  My parents were the most encouraging parents in their support of my artistic endeavors that I could imagine.  And so I am very blessed.  My mother did (and still does at age 88 ) paint portraits and my father was an extraordinary craftsman.  I attended good schools withContinue reading “Vibrant Color part I”

Introduction to Acrylics

What is Arylic? “The dictionary tells us it is a glassy thermoplastic made by polymerizing methacrylic acid and is used in castings, moldings, coatings and adhesives.  But as a painting medium, acrylic can best be defined as versatile. An acrylic painting can resemble anything from a watercolor to an oil, though the techniques used inContinue reading “Introduction to Acrylics”