|My Arches piece that uses Brown as a nuetral
So, it all started when my mother was generous enough to give me for Christmas an online 8 lesson class in Color, Composition, and Design with Katie Pasquini Masopust. I like the idea of the class because it would jumpstart me back into the studio and being held accountable for your work is never a bad idea now and again. Since after 25 yrs I've learned a thing or two about Color, Composition and Design . . . I thought .. . . How hard can be it be? Well, as always, there is always more to learn!
Apparently, Brown is much more than the color of dirt and tree bark! Its a neutral. (To be truthful, I did know this but just don't often use it that way) Also, it can be created by mixing complementary colors. Now this I did not know. I thought to get brown you could just mix all three primary colors together equally. (But if you think about it that's true too - BUT you only get one shade of brown that way). So if you mix complementary colors you get many more shades of brown - of course depending how much you of each hue you mix. And since you get complementary colors by mixing primary, I guess both statements are true.
Okay - got that - now searching out those browns in your stash is a whole other story. You see I'll need them for my first lesson which is due in little over one week. And I still haven't quite found all the browns. Its not as if I don't own browns, and I make sure I dye more every year but truly - who looks carefully at browns when there are so many other colors in the crayon box.
So I guess you'll have to stay tune to see where I go with this exploration in brown. The rest of the lesson I totally understand (secretly saying to myself "Oh, I got this") but Brown is still a bit of mystery to me that will need a bit exploration this weekend. I'll let you know what I find next week!
So What Have Been Up to Creatively This Week?