LOVE the style of her paintings! Agnes Cecile has a way of transcending you into her world. Click the link below and watch:
Enjoy this Summer Season…for time is like a circus, always packing up & moving away.
THE POWER OF COLOR!!
Color is a language that we all speak. It’s a powerful tool we use to express ourselves. From what to wear to the cars we drive, the rooms we live in & the paintings we paint. We, as artists, can make color do so much–or say so much.
Like the words in an inspiring novel or notes in a moving passage of music, color has the ability to transform! What are you trying to say…or shout…or whisper?
Sometimes, even the softest shades stand up & shout! When using a “monochromatic” high key color palette….remember to include texture. This is a great way to learn the value of “value” in your painting.
For inspiration, check out the house paint selection at your local hardware store. Pick up some paint chip samples for inspiration.
My favorite is Benjamin Moore…I can hardly control myself!
ART IS THE ONLY WAY TO RUN AWAY WITHOUT LEAVING HOME….
If you follow your path…you’ll never lose your way.
“WHY IS IT SO HARD WHEN WE HAVE TO
& SO EASY WHEN WE WANT TO?”
We have all heard the expression–“The painting lacks soul…the interpretation lacks soul!”
What is SOUL? It is the essence or embodiment of our emotions. It is where our emotions live–where our sense of identity lives. Where our emotional or intellectual energy or intensity comes from…
“From the depths of our soul”–as revealed in a work of art or an artistic performance.”
I personally like to think of soul as the fingerprint of God.
About Abstract Art:
Any subject can be painted abstractly. The artist is capturing the essence of a subject from an internal viewpoint–not photo real or literal. Based on the art elements–line, shape, color, value, & texture–created in a distorted way. Expressing moods & feelings that are personalized but not realistic. The viewer may recognize what the subject is & will relate not only to a feeling it evokes but the subject itself.
Mark Day’s fantastic painting “Aspen Jazz” is a perfect example of trees painted in an abstract style…..it definitely has SOUL….stunning!
Aspen Jazz – Mark Day – Oil
THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES MADE BY BEGINNERS:
- Trying to paint everything
- Choosing too many subjects
- Lack of composition & design
- Painting multiple focal points so the viewer doesn’t know where to look
- Mixing the wrong colors or too many colors (especially greens)
- Not incorporating hard, soft & lost edges in a painting
- Copying every detail from a photo reference
- Combing too many art elements…all art has a combination of elements. You must learn which to emphasize…
The art elements are: Line, Shape, Color, Value & Texture
I am often repeating to my students….
“Don’t be a reporter—be an entertainer!”
A good painting is a symphony of strategically applied techniques working together to create a unified picture. However, there are no firm boundaries or rules to restrict you in your exploration. A great painting cannot adhere to strict guidelines or a formula….
Learn technique & then learn when & when not to apply that technique…
The best students get the hardest tests!
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”.
“I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.”
How to use Paynes Gray
Payne’s gray is one of my palette essentials. It often gets bad press because it is an intrusive color which, when it is over used, tends to make the finished result flat, dull & lifeless – and way too heavy. When mixed with other colors it is really vibrant & interesting. Try mixing it with yellows for exquisite greens & khakis. Quin. Gold & Payne’s will give you a stunning bronze. I get my darkest darks mixing Paynes with Alizaran Crimson, Prussion Blue or Cadmium Red. Experiment mixing various colors & I can assure you, Paynes Gray will soon become one of your palette essentials too! I just love this color!
“Painting isn’t about who, what & where – it’s about impressions, suggestions, entertainment & mood.”
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
William Arthur Ward – American Writer