"It doesn't matter what color you choose, as long as you have the right value!"
It makes sense to most, but I do understand that it is a difficult concept when you are first learning to paint.
In my last class I asked my students to predict what the color of the sky would be in a painting based on a black and white photo. The answers varied, based on the value they were looking at and the sky color that made sense to them.
Below is the photo without the colors that I chose for this composition. Notice that there are four values. The sky is the lightest value and the ground is the second lightest. The distant hills are a medium dark and the upright trees and bushes are the darkest.
What would guess the sky color to be?
It could be anything... yellow, pink, blue, orange or violet as long as the value is correct. This composition could probably be done 100 times with different hues, but would look the same in black and white as long a…
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes... including you."Ann Lamott
My go-to recommendation for myself or a loved one who is upset or agitated is to "make a cup of tea." I serve tea in my studio where I teach classes, too. It is good to step away from our work and unplug for a few minutes to let the art-making settle into place. We can then return, calm and with clear eyes, to continue on the journey of making something beautiful.
Our feelings of stress in painting sometimes come from our unwillingness to plan a little before we begin. Take time to make a map.
I was more relaxed and happy doing this painting, "High Tea", because I mapped out two important steps before I began.
I carefully drew my subject with charcoal. With this subject I knew I had to get the ellipses pretty perfect! I used my kneaded eraser a lot!I spent a lot of time adding values to the drawing with charcoal.
I had my road map. I only needed to do one…
The studio is ready for art-making.Classes will start in September!
As many of you know, my husband and I moved to Vermont about a year ago to be closer to my daughter. We bought a fixer-upper house in Middlebury, Vermont and dove into a very huge project!
I have just formed Judy Albright Fine Art LLC and I now have a wonderful new studio space where I will be able to teach painting and drawing classes.
In addition, I am working on developing some one-time art experiences called Creativity Uncorked!More to follow on that!
All classes will be held in my home studio Blue Wing Studios 1 Chipman Heights, Middlebury, Vermont
FREE! Introduction to Pastels with Judy Albright
Love color and want to make some beautiful art? Worried about your drawing skills? Not sure if you are going to like pastels? It’s OK!
There is no need to invest in materials and instruction until you think you are
going to enjoy it. These two FREE classes offer guided instruction and will be fun
and relaxing. All materials wil…