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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mango

Mango Still Life, 11X14, oil

Mango was completed during the Kurt Anderson workshop last week. I may have mentioned this before, but if you get a chance to take a workshop or see a demo by Kurt, don't skip or hop - be sure to leap at the opportunity.
One of the most important things I learned from Kurt was the essential role that cool and warm color notes have in paintings. I tend to go way overboard in the warm department, as you can see from works on my web site with my use of oranges, reds and yellows. By working from real life rather than photography, it is easier to see the cool notes that lie in the shadows, even in the brightest, warmest colors.
Kurt explained to us that photography tends to erase a bit of the spectrum and takes away those important subtle visual cues. So here is my painting "to do list" - look for the cool notes, work from real life setups, paint outdoors more often, and most of all, have a stern talk with that pesky inner artist about this excessive noodling. It has got to stop!

2 comments:

Melissa & Emmitt said...

WoW Nancy! Your work just makes my heart jump with joy. It is amazing and your class sound wonderful. I love seeing what you are up to! Thank you for sharing!
Melissa

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Good morning Nancy!
I wanted to share my post about the pug party, mindy, elvis and dandy with you...
http://pugnotes.blogspot.com/2008/05/day-2-pug-party.html
I hope you are having a great day!
:) Melissa