"Unveiling the Invisible: Abstracts Sparking Your Imagination," and my head was spinning with things I needed to get done. Feeling overwhelmed, I finally sat done and wrote out my "to do" list -- again. I had written one out a few months earlier, but now it was time to know exactly all of the nitty-gritty things that I needed to get done. Once the list was completed, I felt both relieved and discouraged. I started questioning whether I could actually check everything off the list within 14 days! After I took a deep breath, I felt more in control and confident. Flying by the seat of pants is not how I like to operate. Here is my studio a few days before I started packing 19 paintings.
Facebook friend. With his permission, I used this image as my inspiration.
My Steps in Creating this Abstract Painting:After I prepped my 24x36 panel with textured gesso, I then mixed colors for the color scheme I intended to use in the painting. I always determine my color palette before I begin painting. If I do not do this, it turns into a mess and I am not a happy camper. Some painters believe that this is limiting, I find it liberating! [Read more...]
When I began painting, I remember the confusion and no one seemed to be able to clarify that confusion. I know I struggled keeping it straight. After I began studying color vigorously, I noticed that color book authors always spelled complementary with an "E," though they never explained the reason behind it. In the English language, we have many words that are confusing -- they sound the same but are spelled differently with very different meanings, such as:
- where, wear and ware
- their and there
- pear, pair and pare
- sea and see
- whey, weigh, whey
- root and route
- ...and what others can you think of?
This is one of the reasons why English is difficult to master as a second language.No two words are more often used incorrectly than complimentary and complementary. Most people don’t know when and how to use each and it has nothing to do with COLOR! Contrary to popular belief, the two are not interchangeable and are, in fact, used to highlight entirely different situations. In my recent travels, I snapped photos of these two signs. Which one is spelled correctly and which is not?
During my years of teaching color, I often hear painters complain about the difficulty in mixing a nice, clean and bright purple. They then go out and purchase tubes of purple paint and still they are not completely satisfied. It's frustrating. [Read more...]