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
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1. " ...art is a means of transcending time in the
communication of felt experience between human beings." Bruce
Holly, "Convergence", ArtCalendar, Feb '92
" ART is a word which summarizes THE QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION.
It therefore follows the laws of communication. Too much originality
throws the audience into unfamiliarity and therefore disagreement,
as communication contains duplication and 'originality' is
the foe of duplication. TECHNIQUE should not rise above the
level of workability for the purpose of communication." L.
Ron Hubbard, ART,
excerpt from the essay: "The Fundamentals of Art, Basic Definition"
Do some thinking about what ART means to you.
2. Word for the week: ART: Any artistic endeavor,
such as painting, sculpture, singing, playing an instrument,
or dancing. Also a craft, such as ceramics, jewelry or woodcarving.
North Light Dictionary of Art Terms
From Indo-European root ar-, meaning to fit together. American
(Note: isn't that a neat origin? -- Pam)
3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."
Exercise: Composition, seeing the shape of the negative
Any type of drawing media will work for this exercise. Try
setting up a still life with clearly defined objects or locate
a space in your house where there is a grouping of objects.
Now, instead of drawing the objects, draw the space around
the objects. Make it interesting. (Note: it, too, may contain
objects and you can draw those, or it may be empty, in which
case, just draw the outline. Does it change in value? Then
use your pencil or charcoal or whatever to indicate the changes
in value. But leave the OBJECTS blank. The purpose of this
exercise is to increase your awareness of the negative space
in a composition.)
Alternate: (if assigned by instructor)
If you did the color wheel last week using the following:
- Cadmium Yellow Medium
- Alizarin Crimson Madder
- Thalo Blue
This color wheel can be done as an additional exercise. Notice
that we talk about warm and cool colors as being on opposite
sides of the wheel. This is a little bit arbitrary, because
you can have a yellow, for instance, that is warm or cool
in relationship to another yellow. The "warmer" yellow
falls closer to the orange, the cooler closer to the blue.
The colors used in doing this exercise were (from the very
top and moving clockwise) cadmium red light (with burnt umber
just in from that), Cad Orange (with Burnt Sienna moving towards
the center), Hansa Deep (alternate, Cadmium Yellow deep),
Cadmium Yellow Light, (with Yellow Ochre moving towards the
neutral range), Cadmium Yellow Pale, Nickel Titanate (Lemon)
(note: this color dries too slowly but it was the best "cool"
yellow I had -- any "lemon" yellow should fall in this "cool"
range), Sap Green (a warm, but transluscent green, good for
glazing but not much mixing power), Permanent Green, Thalo
Green (too strong, in my opinion -- dominates landscape paintings),
Ceruleam Blue (a nice light light blue for skies, but you
can get the same color by mixing Thalo blue with white), Thalo
Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue (a good "cool" blue --
don't make greens with this blue unless you want them
to be dull!), Cobalt Violet - very pretty with white, Mars
violet (moving in towards the middle (I actually think Mars
Violet belongs on the warm side of the neutrals, but I was
duplicating an exercise by Sovek), Permanent Mauve, Antraquinone
Red (could also use Alizarin Crimson -- a color I prefer.
Make sure you get "permanent" Alizarin Crimson.)
...now try mixing a black, a brown and a gray. Tip: the neutral
colors are made by either mixing the three primary colors
or mixing a color with its complementary color. Notice that
in each pair of complementary colors, one is cool and one
is warm. If more warm color is mixed, the neutral will be
more brown, and if more cool color is mixed, the result will
be more gray.
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