Monthly Archives: January 2013

Keys to 3D Painting!

Creating the Illusion of Spatial Dimension looks like magic, but really relies on some key ingrediants, among them: applying shadow values. Once students learn how to create form shadows, such as Dawn has done below ( see the black cylinder shapes on the page to her right), the rest of the technical elements involved in this project are very accessible. For more about this exercise, see my book “Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner” .

here’s myra working on circles she’s traced, filled in with crescent shadows in black, then overlaid with color


these spheres seem to pop off the page


any color can be applied to the circle once the black form shadow is in place


dana applies black paint in the negative space to set off the spheres

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Painting Class Starts!

We start our first class with an introduction  to basic painting supplies-brushes,palette, acrylic paints- and how to use them, in order to feel comfortable enough to enjoy the painting process. Students use a  color palette limited to black, white, and the choice of one of three complementary color pairs-yellow/purple, or green/red, or blue/orange.(These are the colors sitting across from eachother on the color wheel).  Alot of color principles can be learned in just three hours by limiting the color palette in this way. For instance, once you know that mixing complementary color pairs makes beautiful neutrals and grays, you can make them when you want, avoid them when you don’t! There’s no drawing necessary for this exercize, just a simple doodle, and everyone is expert at that! When our doodle project is finished, we make monoprints by pressing water color paper onto the remaining paint on the palette after we’ve worked into that with our brush hairs and handles.

Neelum and Sumati working

tacey carroll with two of her monoprints


richard and lisa painting
a small monoprint by richard nichol
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Painting Class “for the absolute and utter beginner”

starting the process by painting doodles.

January 15th we’ll be back in the studio at Silvermine starting a new series of “Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner” classes. I’m so looking forward to this process, seeing what novice painters create as they acquire new techniques and learn how to use the tools involved. If you think you’d like to brush up, refresh, or start the learn to paint process, contact Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Ct. 203 966 6668.

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