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It's Own Perfect Light

 ♥♥ All Things Have A "Perfect Light". When viewed in that "Perfect Light" suddenly True Beauty Explodes Forth. A person or object that goes unnoticed day after day..can be seen in the stunning hues of an evening sunset or in the foggy mist of a rainy morning...and suddenly it will take your breath away. The Beauty ALWAYS EXISTED...It Just Needed The Right Light! ♥♥

It's All About The Right Paper!

Hello Everyone!
I have been so busy getting all of my paintings from the "Roosters, Hens and Chicks" Collection, part of "The Barnyard Series, 2011" framed and off to the Kettle Falls Art Gallery that I have been remiss in writing my blogs. They are all safely up on the walls and ready for new homes! And not a moment to we are experiencing very early and extremely heavy snowfall here. Almost a foot plus has fallen in the last two days...and it is still coming down. Glad I got out to Kettle Falls while I could! am back in the studio and getting busy with my holiday work and projects.
I will be drawing for most of December, and I have not sketched or drawn in a long time. So, I visited my favorite art supply store, to purchase some great papers for my work. I am going to be drawing Pet Portraits for some special customers, and want the paper to be heavy, have body, texture and be of archival quality.
Here is a great link to a YouTube video put out by Blick Studio that will give everyone a great refresher course..or introduction to buying the right paper for your project. So click on the link and learn everything you need to know in this informative video.
Stay tuned as I share the process of these Pet Portraits with all of you. I will be ordering some paper tonite..selecting the perfect portrait photos to work from..and starting to assemble my tools. I will get a list of pencils and such that you can assemble for your own studio up and posted this weekend. I will also share tips on proportion, value and impact.
The Right Paper
Till this weekend,
Stay warm and enjoy the video!
Maureen Marie

Using Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Complementary Color

Learning to use Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and complementary colors can enhance your paintings or drawings beautifully. Primary colors are red, yellow and blue. All other colors can  be mixed using these primary colors. Complementary colors are opposites of each other on the color wheel.
An artist can use complementary colors to enhance each other or to mute each other. If an artist is choosing to make a color look brighter and more intense...adding a splash of it's complement or opposite can do the trick. If an artist wants to make a color less vibrant...adding it's complement when blending the color can tone the vibrancy down a notch.
For example, I love bright colors...but a little can go a long way. Using pops of color next to each other can add the excitement you are looking for without overwhelming the eye or the senses.
I recall how I was painting a brilliant fall landscape and used purple to tone down bright fiery oranges...and when I also wanted those same fiery oranges to "pop" I placed dollops of cerulean blue nearby.
Take a look at this painting of Sunflowers I just completed. Notice how the deep blue background, intensifies the bright yellows and creams in the petals. I wanted this painting to be very vibrant...and used the concept of complementary color to achieve this goal. I also mixed colors to create depth, and to make the Sunflowers "pop" on the canvas. 
Have fun experimenting with all of the amazing colors you can create, and learning how to use  them for the greatest visual impact.

A Little Bit About Color

Color has qualities. Each color has four. Hue, tone, saturation and temperature.
Understanding what these words mean to color and how these will affect what you create using very important.
The very basic of definition of an original color...this is the name of the color. This is just the color. For example, yellow, orange, green, red-orange, etc. It is NOT the degree of color. Light red or pale blue are not hues. These are "Tones" of a "Hue". A Hue is the base color.
Tone: Used to define the lightness or darkness of a Hue. Tone is used to create depth, contrast and harmony...or discord. It can be used to create dimension.
My instructor always refers to this as "VALUE". When you assess a picture using value...light and dark can begin to understand color and depth in a new way.
Saturation: Intensity of a Hue. How dense and intense is a color? There are intensities in colors. Think of the bright intense red of a valentine heart, or the deep intense red of a lipstick vs the color of a red barn..which is browner in color and less intense.
Temperature: Is your color considered "Warm" or "Cool". Find yourself a color wheel and learn the warm vs cool colors. All colors have cool and warm variables. A cool red is said to feel less hot than a warm red. A cool red will have more of a blue undertone and will recede in a painting. A warm red will have yellow undertones and will appear to pop out to the front of the painting. All Hues have warm or cool variations and learning to work with this concept will give life and excitement to your paintings.
 Take a look at this example of using these concepts in my painting, called FireFlowers. In this painting, you will see examples of all I have discussed here in this lesson on color.

Cropping Photos For Great Composition

Cropping digital photos is a fantastic way to zoom in and enhance the focal point of your work. Here is a quick tip for creating a composition that is pleasing to the eye.
While the first photograph is very beautiful, it has no real focal point. The eye is looking at many competing areas, while resting on no specific point.  Take a close look at this photo, and decide what it is that grabs your attention first. Look closely at the value (contrast of light and dark areas) in the photo. Your eye will be naturally drawn to the area with the most contrast.
1. Original Photo. No cropping has been done.
Now look at the second in this series. The photo has been initially cropped, bringing the focal point forward and isolating it. The focal point in this series is the barn. By featuring the barn in a smaller area, the eye can relax, focus, and enjoy a quieter and easier to enjoy subject. By removing the excess clutter from the shot, the barn itself begins to pop.
2. Original photo cropped to feature the barn
In the third in the series, the barn is drawn forward even further. The barn has been  isolated as the main feature. While this is not necessary to create a better photo...the second photo may be exactly what you further enhances the subject and gives it more character.
3. Original photo is tightly cropped to bring the barn even closer.
You, as the artist will decide what you want to focus on using the basic principles of composition. Play around with ideas and you will find out how you can improve your photos using easy to learn cropping techniques.
Keep The Faith,
... and Keep Discovering Beauty In Your World!
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