Mixing Colors

Will Kemp Art School has a lot of helpful tips for painting with acrylics (which are water based).

image via Will Kemp Art School

It is important to understand the difference between warm and cool colors, but more importantly you must understand how they can work together in your painting and when mixing colors.

This first video is about complementary colors, and how you can use a color’s complement to create different neutral tones (rather than adding black or white):

The second video (below) discusses color biases and how they affect your colors when mixing:

 

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Painting on Pennies

Jacqueline Lou Skaggs’ painting

Twenty Two Words posted about this AMAZING artist named Jacqueline Lou Skaggs, which does tiny paintings on the surface of pennies. Check out the collection!
(Thanks to K. for sharing this article with me!)

Album Covers

The Boy Who Knew Too Much album by Mika

Please leave a comment that answers the following questions about the Mika album:

1. Describe why you think the artist chose this album cover design?

2. What do you find interesting about this album cover?

3. What would you change about this album cover to make it better?

Thank Me Later album by Drake

Please leave a comment that answers the following questions about the Drake album:

           4. Describe why you think the artist chose this album cover design.

           5. What do you find interesting about this album cover?

           6. What would you change about this album cover to make it better?

Your final task:

Find 5 album covers that you think are designed well. Write down the artist’s name and the album name, and be ready to talk about them in class tomorrow.

Chuck Close

Self Portrait by Chuck Close

There is a great article on Washington.edu about Chuck Close’s life growing up and how he overcame struggles to become one of the most famous artists of our time.

(Note: the above image is a very large scale pencil drawing of Chuck, while the one below is a large scale portrait entirely made by fingerprints.)

Leslie / Fingerprint, by Chuck Close

Value and Shading

via Flickr.com

This uses examples of three of the four basic forms we are learning in class: cylinders, cones, and spheres. Pay close attention to how the artist transitions from light to dark. Also note where he uses his eraser to show the bright highlight on an object where the light is reflecting off it.

(artist: Giovanni Lucifero)

Stephen LaRose’s painting “Proud Time”

Even with an abstract work, the artist Steven LaRose guides your eye around the painting using that ‘visual line’ we talked about in class.

FASST High School Art Show 2011

High school students, take a look at this opportunity:

Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier

To sum it up:

  • If you’d like to enter the show, your work must be matted and prepared for hanging.
  • You must bring your artwork to the FASST Gallery in the mall on February 24, 25, or 26 at the times listed above to register your work.
  • It is my understanding that all work submitted will be displayed at the show. Judging will be done to decide who will receive prizes / ribbons.
  • The show will be up February 27 – March 31, 2011.
  • You will need to pick up your work March 31, April 1, or April 2.

If you would like to enter a piece into the show and need help preparing it for hanging, please see me and I can help you do that. I can also help if you’d like to enter but don’t have transportation to bring your work to the mall on one of the days listed.

Endangered Species

North American jaguar - endangered

the jaguar, an endangered species

 

Please choose an animal or plant for your watercolor project and leave your choice in the comments section of this entry.

List of Endangered Animals (Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, Insects) and Plants

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