Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Creek

© Robin Edmundson 'March creek, cloudy day', watercolor, 12 x 9

I'm practicing the whole water thing.   We have a lot of water around here, so I have a lot of reference material.

This piece is almost there.   It needs to sit for a bit and then I need to add more darks in places.

What do you think?   Does the water read well?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tree Study #4

Another tree study.   I like this one.  It has character.

Colors:  Fr. ultramarine blue, viridian, new gamboge, quin magenta, quin bt orange.

Aside from the color harmony learning, I'm having fun exploring a more minimal technique of suggestion.  It's hard for me to keep a light hand, and I need more practice.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tree Study #3

© Robin Edmundson, 'Color study: tree', watercolor, 12 x 9 inches

Another fun tree/color study.   This time it reminded me of spring cherry trees, so I put fallen flowers on the ground.

Colors:  viridian, hansa yellow, quin magenta, bt umber, cobalt.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Art Miscellany

My Mantra:

Stay calm.

Stay positive.

Think creatively.

Things I remind myself when I paint - in no particular order

  • Talent has nothing to do with it.  Persistence has everything to do with it.
  • Paint a lot.   Paint bad stuff.  Paint good stuff.  Just paint. 
  • Don't fiddle.   Let it dry.   Do a second layer after it's dry if you need to.
  • Put as much HOME as possible into every painting.
  • You're not painting the THING.   You're painting how the LIGHT hits the thing.  
  • Composition is more important than technique.
  • It's about the LIGHT.   Don't worry about the other stuff.
  • Layers are good.  Go to lunch.  Let it dry.  Look at it again and put on another layer.
  • Change of plane = change of color.
  • Distance is good. Put distance in every painting.
  • Distance is good.  Step back and look at your painting from 10 ft away.
  • Paint standing so you can step back easily and look at things from distance. 
  • Do the art.  Don't judge the art.
  • You love the art, right?   Let the art love you. 


Monday, March 6, 2017

Color Study Trees

I've been doing some of these color studies on tree forms and I have to tell you that I'm in love with the whole process.  

My color wheels live on my studio desk and the first thing I do is grab one and pull out a color shape - triad, square, rectangle... and do a sample card with the colors.  

Then I look at the tree and decide which color to use as my darkest value and which for my lightest and plan my shapes around that.

So. Much. Fun.

As I finish more I'll post.   The colors I used here are: quin burnt orange, viridian, French ultramarine blue, new gamboge.

If you're interested in color theory and want to learn more, I can help you out.   My calendar has a list of the color and dyeing classes I'm teaching this year.  I've got a 3-day color workshop in April and a half day color harmonies class in May.   You can register and pay right from my new website's shop.  There's a significant discount if you register early.   Email me if you have questions.
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