Sunday, December 9, 2012

Here Are The Rest

Here are four of my pieces of the six in the display case. 
The first three use the same design but different color strategies -- monochromatic value, complementary colors and, last, a uniform tone to harmonize contrasting colors.

The next is a yellow, blue-violet, red-violet split complementary scheme.

Here they are among their friends (painted by my classmates) in the display case.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

One More Down

This week I finished another art class. That gets me to four down and (perhaps) six to go.  At least that's the plan.  This class was on color design.  It was fun and I learned a lot. 
One of the reasons it was fun was that instead of taking the class from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM after a full-day of work -- like my prior drawing class, I was able to re-jigger my workweek and take this one on Thursdays from 9:00 to 1:00.  It was a nice break in the workweek.
About half-way through, I realized that this is what kindergarten must have been like.  I missed out on that, but I don't think I would have appreciated it as much then as I did now.   The class session that gave me this epiphany consisted of drawing squares on our illustration boards, mixing paints, and painting the squares to demonstrate the properties of various mixtures.  The best part of all was after we were done painting.  We got to go to the sink and play in water to clean everything up!  (And to think, I could have been working.)
The learning part is shown below.  At least part of it is.  About half of my work is hanging along with classmates' work in a display case until February.  I'm not claiming any of this as high art, but it is original design and illustrates some of the course concepts.

The first one is from early in the course and demonstrates the illusion of transparency. The yellow, red and blue rays going through the blocks pick up the underlying colors as they pass over them. It looked like a flag. My photograph of it accentuates that by making it look less than perfectly square.
Here's a later one that illustrates the harmony of analogous colors and the variety of contrasting colors.

The next one was not easy due the tetradic color scheme I chose -- blue-green, red-orange, violet and yellow.  I had blue-green and violet fighting for dominance (and making me nauseous) until I went back in and let blue-green win.


These below four paintings illustrate the power of the color palette to convey mood.  The upper left is an adult theme  image (wine bottles and glasses) painted in warm analogous colors.  The bottom right is a child theme image (sipper cup and milk) painted in primary colors.  The opposite corners show what happens when the adult theme color palette is applied to the child theme image and vise versa.

The final project was to illustrate four principles of color design. I illustrated harmony of a sequence of analogous colors (the flame and the blocks surrounding the flame), the illusion of transparency (the circle in the upper left), simultaneous contrast (the difference in appearance of the same hue of red in the center of the flame and at the edge of the flame) and the principle of dull colors to recede (the dull red background behind the flame).


Finally, I applied some of this new learning to fixing an acrylic painting I did after Art 101.  Still not great art, but, trust me, it's improved.