Somehow I missed photographing my first painting today. Above you see my second painting, 18 x 24 painted with abstract color from a black and white photograph. I left a lot of the under painting without pastel on top because I liked the way the wet pigment worked.
Kitty's afternoon demo, another show-stopper.
In the morning, we created our own color wheels, using pastels from our boxes. Pure colors ring the outside of the wheel, and grayed colors move into the center, with the center most point a gray of 33% each red, blue, and yellow. By doing this exercise, I discovered that I did not have a cool red pastel stick in my box. I discovered some other holes, but I was surprised by the red.
One of the points of this exercise was to begin to develop a keener color sense. That is, to look at a color (whether in nature, a photograph, or my pastel stick) and see its components. I like to think of it like "color factoring" (remember factoring from Math class?).
This workshop has been especially fun for me. Our group ranges in age from 17 -- it's not polite to ask but I think 70 something. The points of view are varied and thrilling. I can hardly wait to go back for day three!