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December 11, 2010

Color Theory “Dreamscapes”

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 4:49 am

For a final Color Theory project, I began with a scanned signature that I put into a Flash movie, a photo of my watercolor palette, captured background music, and internet video clips of ink in water. I used Final Cut Pro’s Motion software to zoom in, on the paint palette, and then imported that file into Final Cut Pro. Per-Olev Kindgren, a Swedish classical guitarist, played his song, “Autumn,” on a YouTube video. I captured the video with Camtasia software and then extracted the audio file for the project’s background music. I used Final Cut Pro’s color key and opacity features to overlap video clips, and I timed them to the music. I really like the combination of achromatic grays with the brighter hues of the watercolor palette, and Pelle Kindgren’s guitar added richness to the final video. I’ve practiced projecting the video with a Samsung portable LED projector.

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

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

October 18, 2010

Optical Mixing

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 5:50 pm

Here’s a Color Theory acrylic paint project. The objective was to show form with points of color. I used a Wayan Kandiyasa sandstone statue, called “Woman’s Nature,” as my still life subject. I’m starting to enjoy acrylic paint but watercolor is still my preference.

Optical Mixing Project

October 12, 2010

Desaturation and the Pleasantville Effect

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 1:58 am

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