Posts Tagged ‘color notes’

Just a Pile of Rocks

April 20, 2013


Somewhere in Between
pastel on paper, 9 x9,  ©Marianne Post 2013

Today’s sudio painting is from a field sketch and photo reference of a pile of rocks. But there’s more to the story.

This week I had the incredible opportunity to offer a workshop to a group of talented, professional artists. There is nothing more intimidating than having thirteen of my peers standing behind their easels poised to explore, paint and listen to what I had to share with them. Our subject was color, how to see and paint it.

In covering the basics I felt like I was preaching to the choir. But the setups I had prepared opened their eyes to the phenomenons of simultaneous contrast, the effects of variable light sources and the color of ambient light. We saw how even a few inches of space effects color, and that white can be as dark as black and green can really appear as red. We experienced that context is everything.

During our lunch break I shared with the group Beau Lotto’s TED presentation on how the mind perceives color. We wrapped up the day working with big color masses gradually broken down into color spots to create form and space.

The discussions and questions were the icing on the cake for me. We talked about finding beauty in the mundane, and how values and color can elevate the simplest of subjects into something to be admired. So with that in mind, today I just painted rocks.


Comparing Apples to Pears

January 4, 2013

day330 in 30 challenge, day 3

Today it was all about comparing. As I was mixing color I kept asking myself is it warmer, cooler, lighter, darker, brighter, duller than another color note I have already laid down. This is the mantra I learned and can be heard in classes and workshops taught by artist and author, Susan Sarback. If you have the chance to take a workshop at the School of Light and Color, you too will no longer look at a red apple as a red apple. Your preconceptions will be erased from your memory of what an apple should look like, and you will learn to just paint the colors that you see.

The 30 in 30 challenge continues over the weekend, yikes!


Sketchbook Thursday No.15

September 10, 2009

sketch15My sketchbook is a depository for all sorts of things. There are of course sketches of everyday matters. But pages are also covered with notes, to do lists, quotes, challenges, solutions, pastel marks, doodles. The list goes on.

I was scanning through my current “Canson Classic” and came across this page. It immediately took me back in time about six weeks. According to the notation, it was July 21st at 5:30pm to be exact. I planned to paint the scene in front of me. The sky was just beginning to get a warm late afternoon glow. The Puget Sound tide was making its journey inland. I had plenty of time and decided to explore some compositional schemes before setting up my easel.

Just as I settled on a format my cell phone went off and a California client was calling about a design problem that needed my immediate attention. So I hastily took a few snapshots, packed up my gear and made a trip back to the cottage to attend to the matter via the internet.

I didn’t make it back to Rawlins Road on that trip but I felt like I had enough material to approach a studio panting. But as many of you know my computer was stolen earlier this month and I lost all the photos from that trip. I am so happy that I had taken the time to not only sketch out format options, but to make color and value notes. This sketchbook page holds the seed for my next painting. I’m headed to the studio with a smile. I have the inspiration, along with a challenge, but lots of options and possibilities excite me.