Art Class Week 4: Learning About Colour

Remember the art class that was prompting me to bust out of my artistic comfort zone? Last week's lessons were all about colour. 

Thanks to guest teacher Melinda Cootsona I learned how to use a colour wheel, discovered just how many shades I can create out of only two or three base colours, and saw that neutrals can be beautiful! 

Here's a bit of a photo essay capturing the colour play that took place in Week 4 of Draw and Paint What You Love:

Paint Palette Goodness

I love how the colours mesh on my paint palette. And how vibrant is that green on the left?! 

Colour Play

Two exercises in colour mixing that led to pleasant surprises and interesting palettes. 

Low Intensity Colour Study

A low intensity colour study based on a photo I had. I never thought I'd ever use so much grey in a piece and enjoy the results!

High Intensity Colour Study

A second study of the same photo, this time using high intensity colours. I don't like this one as much, but it's neat to see the juxtaposition. 

Spring Colour Study

Then we launched into a seasonal colour study. This one is spring, inspired by green shoots, pink blossoms and blushing new love.

Summer Colour Study

Summer. This one started out softer, but it changed. It's inspired by the ruggedness of the Canadian Shield and a particular, somewhat rugged landscape in New Brunswick (my home) where the wild blueberries are abundant.

Autumn Colour Study

And my last seasonal colour study: autumn (I didn't get to winter yet). Though I pulled out the crimsons and the oranges for this one, I drifted to later in the fall with its rusty oranges and rich skies, the smell of pine needles and decaying leaves. I really like this one.

I am learning so much, I hate to see the class end. But I still have one more week to go and a few more exercises that will nudge me even further into artistic growth!

Till the next update...