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The Way To Happiness The philosophy of these lessons: Look, Learn, Practice

Chapter 17 of "The Way To Happiness" deals with Competence. I've found that too many limit their own progress as an artist with the concept that they "haven't got the talent." 90% of being a good professional artist is about looking for yourself, learning (including good study habits), and practicing what you have learned to become Competent. If you are interested in a free copy of "The Way to Happiness", please email me for one.

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Lesson 28

1. Thought

"Color is very significant to me because I don't always portray the colors of my subjects as they really are. Although I want the pictures to seem realistic, I also want them to communicate my feelings. If I want the painting to be melancholy, for example, I use cool tones, if I want to express joy, I use warm tones." Brad Faegre, Pastel Artist, in American Artist, July 1992 issue.

2. Words:
Cool colors: Colors in which blue, green or violet predominate.
Warm colors: Colors in which red, orange and yellow predominate.
-- North Light Dictionary

3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."

Try interpreting the same subject, first using predominently warm colors and then using predominently cool colors.

Using a still life set up for a "quick study":

I did a quick study in predominently warm colors and then predominently cool colors. (Of course, I'm left handed, so I worked from right to left):

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Last updated: December 13, 2004