Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oak Hammock Art Presentation

Earlier this year I gave a presentation to the Oak Hammock Art Group. One of the subjects I talked about was exercises. We all gotta love 'em. They are good for our health. Push ups, sit ups, arm curls..ooh I am beginning to sound like a 2 AM infomercial. And truthfully I did not talk about those kind of exercises but rather art exercises.
As an artist, you often squint and look as light cascades across the surface of an object. You see a beautiful color. You ask yourself, just what color is that? So how can you fine tune and develop your "color sense"?

Larry Moore, an artist whose work I admire, gave out a painting exercise during one of his workshops and this is the art exercise tip I shared with the group at Oak Hammock. You might want to flex your painting muscles and give it a try.
Go to Lowes, Home Depot or your favorite paint store and pick up a dozen free paint chip samples. Pick out a few samples (no pain, no gain) and try to match the colors in that sample using just red, yellow, blue and white paint.

Pick a Paint Chip Sample
You really have to study the sample...is it warmer or cooler than what you are mixing on your palette, or perhaps lighter in value...you get the idea.
I smiled when I left the paint store the other day with a handful of green, brown, blue, mauve and orange colors "exercise" samples.
The clerk said to me,  "Wow, that must be some room you are painting"!

6 comments:

Jerry Stocks said...

I have been meaning to do some color charts, and you have inspired me to do this. Thanks for the good info.

Kathy Cousart said...

Great idea! I worked on values to then temperatures today. I think I am finally getting it. Warm/cool and what a difference that can make. Whew! The more exercises and practice the better we can grasp that. Thanks for sharing!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Fabulous idea - thanks for sharing!

Karen F. Rose said...

Thanks Jerry, Kathy and Kelley. For me this is actually a fun exercise cause I love to mix color!
It is the subtle nuances that make it such a challenge.

Susan Roux said...

Sounds like a great exercise. I just happen to have a selection of colors on my living room coffee table at the moment. It's in need of a makeover and I was hoping to get artistic with the paint job... I never thought of reusing these swatches afterwards for a completely different use. I suppose it could also be used to create color families or harmonies to design a painting around.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

you are the 'go to' lady for great ideas. First the universal gadget car charger and now this. Genius!
Our car is one that charges devices even while it's not running and we sure did need that this past weekend. We're plugged back in. Thank Heaven!