Thursday, January 30, 2014

Taking an Extreme Break!

I have to say that my brain is a little fried from this Extreme Composition class I am taking. Between that and the interminable cold weather, let's just say I needed something mindless to do. So I decided to see how many different grays I could get from just three colors. Black, Cadmium Red and Titanium White.

The class is very difficult and I was getting really stressed about it.  I know that the class will be good for me in the end but right now I feel like I never painted before and that is a bad feeling.  I haven't even started lesson #4 yet. Maybe this weekend I will get to it.

For the color charts below, I wanted to try out all my blacks and see how they blended with Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White. The blacks I used were, Carbon Black, Bone Black and Mars Black. A mindless exercise but necessary to clear my color addled head.

Three Blacks with Yellow Ochre and White

Three Blacks with Cad Red and White.


Connie Rose said...

I love making color charts. I love your circles piece, very cool. Donuts printed from paper onto paper? The class is a real stretch, I agree. I think this is the first week I've jumped into the lesson before the weekend!

Roberta Warshaw said...

It is actually just all painted with acrylics Connie. I am glad you jumped right in. I hope to get to it this weekend.....sigh

Candace said...

It's cool that you are always challenging yourself as an artist instead of just being content with your comfort zone.

Unknown said...

Roberta, your color sampling makes me long to get in there and splash around in paint. I have been away from my brushes for what seems like AGES - thanks for this post, I need MINDLESS real bad, too.

Unknown said...

I need mindless myself this week, thanks for this, Roberta!

JenHoney said...

It sounds like you're really being challenged, and that's a good thing, at least in the long run. Love the pattern. That pop of full-on red really makes it special.

Claudia N. said...

LOVE the result of your "going mindless", Roberta!

And I know that process you are going through quite well. It is as if you had to redefine yourself as an artist - discovering blank spaces within you that get filled and learning new ways to "walk" and paths to walk on.

Enjoy - even if it sometimes feels a bit frustrating. I admire your courage! And I am sure the result of this class will be rewarding!

Claudia x

Joanne Holtje said...

Don't feel discouraged, Roberta. You've been working really hard and you just have some sore muscles.
I think you have found a good antidote there with those charts.
Love the painting you've posted here. It has a nice dose of "fun" in it while still managing to be sophisticated and interesting.