Friday, November 5, 2010

Day Two of Kitty Wallis Workshop

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!


Celeste Bergin said...

that color wheel looks really interesting! I also enjoy your painting--is it easier or harder to do these exercises as abstracts? Great photos of Kitty!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for posting this workshop. Perhaps you'll make pastels next, which is so very fun.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Celeste! I will continue to develop my color wheel with the pastels I have at home. My little Heilman box is the shorthand version of my pastel supply. It's a great exercise and forces me to really look at the colors within the colors of the sticks.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Casey. I love Kitty's workshops and this one is a good kickoff for our upcoming retreat to work on her book.

Kitty will make pastels with the class on Sunday, and it's always a fun day. I have other obligations on Sunday so won't be making more pastels.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Glad you posted the workshop. I will hopefully get my work on mine when I return home. Kitty pushes the areas which are so easy to push to the side. Value, value, value should be my mantra.
Catherine I enjoyed sharing a table with you and appreciate your help in clarifying what was next. Lovely work on your blog.