Showing posts from November, 2011

Molecular make-up?

Color mapping, Part 3 My road to how I taught myself color theory and how to mix paint.   Example of CMYK to make black So I introduced the subtractive color theory model in the last color mapping post. The subtractive color theory model states that as you mix your primary colors, red, yellow & blue, together in equal parts that they become darker. To clarify this more we need go back to our school days of science and talk about energy and matter. All objects are made up of matter, which are in turn a grouping of atoms that contain energy. Light contains energy which is compatible with the energy in surfaces of objects, which absorbs the energy of the light. The molecular make-up of the object will determine what light energy is absorbed and what is reflecting back, which is the color that you see. If a surface absorbs all of the light energy then it will reflect none of the lights energy and the surface will appear black. The energy that is absorbed wi

Robert's Holiday Drawing Workshop!

Robert's Holiday drawing workshop! Saturday 12/3/2011, 9:00am-4:00pm, 1 hour lunch, bring your own. Sunday 12/4/2011, 10:00am – 2:00pm, 1 hour lunch, bring your own. Workshop location ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio 1811 Huguenot Road, #304 Midlothian, VA 23113 $225.00 this includes your drawing paper and the frame! Every year Robert draws a special drawing that encompasses the holiday season which he then uses for his holiday greetings card. Robert is giving you a special opportunity to join him on a two day workshop where you will draw along with him creating the same drawing that he is. The drawing is a surprise and you will not know what it is until the day of the workshop. It will of course have a bird in it, in past years he has used a snow man, snow woman and holiday lights. Wonder what it will be this year? All you need to bring to this class is your drawing pencils (see material list below), and your patience! Robert will be su

Art classes & workshops!

Upcoming Art classes & workshops... Individual attention. Creative exploration. In each class, Robert lets students work at their own level, while encouraging them to expand their skills and problem-solve creatively, so every student comes away with a growing confidence in his or her artistic abilities . Robert’s classes are for adults and teens. To ensure a creative environment with individual instruction, each class is limited to 10 students. Have a group of artists interested in taking a class? Please contact Robert for information about forming your group class. Drawing classes… Designed to be taken successively, the drawing classes are formed around lessons that build on each other, allowing students to develop confidence along the way. Students start with a fundamental course where they learn to see shapes, understand value and create three-dimensional drawings on a two-dimensional surface. Subseque

"The Snowman"

  My latest audiobook fix... The Snowman by Jo Nesbø My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great read (Listen)! The story kept me glued to my easel working. I had my suspicions of who the snowman was but didn't feel like I knew for sure so I was happy to find out that it was indeed the person who I thought it was at the end. This was my first Jo Nesbo novel and will look into some of the other stories by this author. The narrator was Robin Sachs on my audiobook edition, I enjoyed the narrator as well. View all my reviews

Passing a twig...

Work in Progress… “Lark Sparrow (Temporary Title),” Oil on ½” prepared maple panel, 8 x 16. I finished blocking in the first layer of color on this one late last week! I am happy with where everything is at on this painting so far but will be adding some more visual texture using different tones in the background sky. I was excited to see the same colors used for the patch of reddish brown on the Sparrows cheek and the highlighted rust on the barbed wire. That’s the type of thing that gets me excited about a painting. The reference for this came from my visit to the Woolaroc Museum in Oklahoma which has a barbed wire display. Now that I find myself painting it I wish that I had paid more attention to the different kinds of barbed wire along with their history. A Lark Sparrow is a large sparrow, it has a long tail with white corners, it’s under parts are whitish with a large dark spot in the center of the breast. Other than the striking face pattern there isn’t