Thursday, March 05, 2009
Colour and Light
We've been having weekly "meetings" here in this booth before we go to the outreach program. I've been staring at these airbrush paintings for quite a bit because I usually get there early and drink massive amounts of coffee and stare at them. I get Marilyn and Bogie and James Dean...but where does Lennon fit in? And isn't it interesting how this theme seemed to rise out of the airbrush medium?
Back to basics. Did you ever have to do a colour wheel in school? Nowadays colour wheels are mostly the realms of computer graphics. James had never ever painted before...so this seemed like a good low pressure way to get familiar with paint. Okay okay, I like to kick it old school now and then. See that loose messy colour wheel in the bottom left? That's mine. :)
When you've never used paint before it's handy to work through this exercise. I had a lot of fun, I hope the guys weren't too bored. I tried to explain why a colour wheel is in a circle and about mixing colours to portray the absence of light etc etc.
While we were doing colour wheels a participant was actually making a painting. She gave me permission to post it here...we were duly humbled. What a fun day...again!
Genesis Art Supplies donated several sketch books and helped out with pencils and sharpeners and stuff. A shout out to Phil and Tim who helped in case they stop by this blog. When I aksed the woman who did the painting above if she could use a sketch book and how she looked when she said yes...Genesis thank you...you made a couple of people really happy this week! Thanks Phil and Tim!!
Genesis Art Supply, 2417 N. Western, Chicago.