Art with Cause
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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Half done in classical glazing technique and the other half done in expressionistic technique
student's first self portrait - acrylic on canvas
(Sorry for the terrible pic - just snapped it with my phone before she left)
Student feels it is unfinished.
I spent some time looking at it after class last night. I go back and forth thinking: "No, it is finished" and "Yes, lets do more"
I have a few thoughts:
She said she would like to lighten the color of the "hair" on the right side of the painting. Although it is dark it is [a bit] balanced by the light in the negative space on the opposite side - maybe activate the negative space in the left side more? Maybe not. I am kinda ok with it. Any thoughts??
I'd like her to work a bit more on that eye. Catch some reflective lights and add little more detail in the lashes - spend more time really looking at her eye in the mirror and painting what she sees. Tightening up that eye will really balance that peace lily well. (Although it is already very good)
But let's keep in mind that this 16 year old student has only had a basic high school art class and this is all very new to her - HOW FREAKING AMAZING IS SHE?!?!?! She is eager to learn - absorbs everything - never says: "I know" or "I am" in a sassy way - she just says ok and keeps trying to do like I say or like I show her. Such a sponge - such a rock star!!
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Watching someone else learn about color, makes everything vibrant again - like the first time I started seeing things in color - from the eyes of a painter
I wish everyone could experience that magic at least once in their life
So proud when a student sees a painting and comes back to me and says how much more depth could have been created if the artist used a compliment
and just as proud when a student's parent is also paying attention and now knows the color's names and points them out in life - and learns that some colors "compliment each other" and others "have continuity with each other"
It is so inspiring when people see in color
* Note: I am not saying people do not see in color - nor do I intend to insult anyone who has not taken a color theory class or studied color theory. I am merely sharing that we've had a colorful and inspirational time lately exploring color in a way which was new to my student and her mother - and that was magical.
** image is not a Jessica J. Murray original - it is clip art
On a side note #Rant: a lady was shopping for paints and couldn't find a few she was looking for - a sales rep in that arts supply store suggests a name brand of paint which is very cheep and works terribly and suggests a mixed 'hue' instead of a pure pigment - he said to her that since the person using it was just a student they wouldn't notice any difference
So - how does a student learn the difference if they don't use the pure pigment? Is it ok for someone in a voice class to sing a note slightly flat because only a small amount of people in the world have been trained to hear perfect pitch? Is it ok for a photographer to take a picture that is slightly blurry, because many people wear glasses and can't see perfectly?
It angers me that he thinks so little of students' education - that a substandard product wouldn't matter because they haven't been taught yet (but use the substandard product to teach them?) UGH!!!
Friday, March 11, 2016
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