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November 27, 2010

Three Primaries

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 2:25 pm

This Color Theory exercise started with three primary colors from acrylic paint tubes. From the primaries, we mixed secondary colors. The primaries and secondaries are in the fourth row from the top right corner of the grid painting. A shade is produced by adding black or the hue’s complement, while a tint is created with the addition of white. The fifth row from the top right corner includes tints of the primary and secondary hues. The next row adds the complement to the original six hues, creating shades of color. It was fun for me to paint a color grid with just four tubes of paint: Cadmium Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, and White.

We also had a class exercise of creating complementary progressions—trying to fade from one end of the bar to the other with even tonal shades between the complementary hues. The violet to yellow progression was my most successful. I’m definitely not Josef Albers!

As a side note—this is one of my favorite quotes from Josef Albers: “To distribute material possessions is to divide them; to distribute spiritual possessions is to multiply them.”

Three Hues and White

Complementary Progressions

November 26, 2010


Filed under: Photo Blog — Mia @ 9:30 pm

Thanksgiving Candles

Thanksgiving Toast

Abstract Whale Pendant

Filed under: Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing — Mia @ 8:45 pm

In Jewelry and Metalsmithing, I wanted to create a pendant that incorporated curves similar to those of the earlier copper cuff bracelet. The abstract whale has a hammered sterling silver back, copper front, and a lapis lazuli bezeled blowhole. The pendant currently hangs in the art building display case.

Abstract Whale Pendant

The whale theme will carry over to the next project—forming a metal container.

Proportional Color Studies

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 8:35 pm

Matching hues from artwork images was more difficult than I anticipated. As the acrylic paint dried, the perceived color matches were farther from the prints than when they were wet. Approximating proportions of color was a challenge, too.

Proportional Color Study of Max Bill's 1972 Olympic Poster

Retinal Studies

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 8:28 pm

Creating blocks of acrylic color to convey outdoor sketches was the purpose of this Color Theory exercise.

Denver Art Museum Retinal Study

Denver Public Library Retinal Study

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