drawing with color

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Art Classes, pastels, Peaks Island | 0 comments

I live just up the hill from the TEIA, otherwise known as “the club.” I’ve drawn it many times, including this commission for an island wedding that took place on the porch, “Island Vow.”

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It was my pleasure to lead a 2 day Drawing With Color workshop there recently. Rainy skies didn’t darken our creative spirits.

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We gathered inside to discuss our intentions, color properties, and materials. Ralph brought a pristine box of pastels he’d had for nine years, untouched. Johanna brought these vintage chalk crayons. Pastels do not go bad!

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Amid the din of a rousing theater camp and marooned sailing camp also in the house, students began by creating their own color palettes. A still life then became the focal point.

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Multiple light sources demonstrated how relative color can be, from one side of the table to the other. Composition and working on a strong cool background presented choices and challenges.

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Ella Mae worked from photos from her own garden.

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Our second day was brighter, so we moved outside, finding views and gentle breezes.

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Boats are a ready subject with potential for great variety. This drawing has movement and whimsy.

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This crisp boat on a sparkly sea has it’s own story.

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My number one message: keep drawing. The more you look, draw, and draw again, the more fluent your color language becomes. Pastel can be dusty and smudgy, but it’s also the most direct and vibrant method of making color relationships sing. Thanks to the TEIA and to a wonderful class!

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