Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Classes, Classes, and More Classes!

I apologize for not blogging as much as I usually do but I have been concentrating on my classes. I am currently taking three, yes three, classes concurrently. I am taking:

Layer Love 2.0
Color: Beyond the Basics.
Mucho Metallics

All with Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen. They were having a sale this month  and since you always have access to the classes I thought I would save myself a bit of money.

I think I have said this before but their classes are the best online classes out there. Everything is so professional. The videos are easy to watch and watching both of them paint is so helpful. Just seeing how the paint should be handled has really been enlightening. Watching Julie paint reminds me a little of Bob Ross only without "happy little trees"! She is great and she is funny!

Right now I am focusing mainly on the metallics class and the color class. I would never have imagined that I needed a class in color since I have been painting for over 40 years but it is really helping me.

When you paint with watercolors and oils as I did for years, you have limited color choices. For colors you have the cadmiums, the cobalts, a few yellows and maybe a green or two. With watercolor I never used white or black. With oils, the only mediums you have are linseed oil and turpentine.

With acrylics it is a whole other world. I never understood all the weird named colors. The quinacridones, the nickel azos, the anthriquinines! Yikes. I am now getting a handle on these colors and how they work. I now know that there are modern pigments and mineral pigments. How to get mud. How to avoid mud. And best of all how to use black and white!

So back to work I go! See you soon I hope!


Michèle Brown said...

Sounds really exciting Roberta !
I have found that these colours are now available in watercolours too, and they are great...Daniel Smith does a fantastic range.

Laura Chalifoux said...

Glad you're enjoying your classes, Roberta -- love your new work! (Well, I love all your work, but whatever...)

Laura Chalifoux said...

So glad you're enjoying your classes, Roberta. Love your new work! (Well, I love all your work, but whatever...)


An Accidental Artist said...

There is always something more to learn about color!

Candace said...

It's so fun and exciting to be inspired and itching to create!