On September 26th and 27th I’ll be teaching another Color Scheme Game/Color Value Workshops at RileyStreet Art Supply in Santa Rosa.  On September 28th and 29th I’ll teach Watercolor Techniques at the art story.  Online registration is open on my website: ChrisCarterArt.com.

Orbs No. 20 - Watercolor - 12" x 18"

Orbs No. 20 – Watercolor – 12″ x 18″

I’m looking forward to spending time with new students and traveling a bit with former students who will be sharing some of their favorite en plein air painting spots with me.  I’ll do my best to post a few of our color adventures while I’m away.

Image:  Orbs No. 20 , watercolor, 12″ x 18″, created using flea market trash as templates applying paint with a mouth atomizer.  Color Scheme: Extended Analogous.

The cicada I sketched didn’t last too long after I returned it to the wild.  The next day I found its wings in the driveway.

cicada-wings-ink-watercolor-drawing-chris-carter-artist-060713-webThe cicadae mating song can reach over 100 decibels, the loudest song known in the insect world.  “The adult male cicada possesses two ribbed membranes called tymbals, one on each side of its first abdominal segment. By contracting the tymbal muscle, the cicada buckles the membrane inward, producing a loud click. As the membrane snaps back, it clicks again. The two tymbals click alternately.”

Here is the ink drawing shown in the last post …. now painted using an analogous with one complement color scheme.

17 year cicada

17 year cicada

Finally, after far too long, I am offering online critiques and private lessons….. visit my website for information and sign up.

I hope, within the next month, I will be able to offer The Color Workshop as an online option.

Thanks for your patience.

Images:  Drawn first with ink using a fountain pen, followed by watercolor.

Coming up soon!  Both The Color Scheme Game Workshop and the Color Value Workshop is being offered back to back at the National Association for Women Artists in New York City on June 18th and 19th.  Call the N.A.W.A. office to register (212) 675-1616.  Space is limited to eight students.

Raw Sienna, Cadmium Red Deep and Ultramarine Blue

Raw Sienna, Cadmium Red Deep and Ultramarine Blue

Since teaching the last workshop at N.A.W.A. I have had several personal breakthroughs with color, experimenting with more neutralized primaries and discovering gorgeous palettes.  I also attended a fabulous workshop with Don Andrews.  Again, I experienced several important breakthroughs regarding maintaining strong color when working with color value.  I’ll be sharing these breakthroughs at the upcoming workshops in New York City.

Herman's Roping Boots

Seashells, Westmoreland State Park, VA

Seashells, Westmoreland State Park, VA

Seashells No.3, Myrtle Beach, SC

Seashells No.3, Myrtle Beach, SC

Blue Crab Belly

Blue Crab Belly

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Old York Cellars, En Plein Air Watercolor Painting

Old York Cellars, En Plein Air Watercolor Painting

My new website is now up and running ….. and along with it, a new blog that will focus on tools and techniques for both drawing and painting as well as weekly color exercises.

I will continue to post on this blog, with less frequency.  The feedback I receive from all of you who follow this blog inspires me to continue my journey deeper into the world of color and to create even better Color Workshops.  Thank you!

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Painting:  Old York Cellars – En Plein Air Watercolor Painting.  I had forgotten about this little gem that I found when going through folders for image files to upload to the new galleries.

To read the history of this Craftsman Electric Hair Clipper, read today’s post on Third Time Around.

Hair Clipper – Full Color and Grayscale

One method of painting by color value is to use full intensity colors, choosing the hue based on its intrinsic value at full intensity.

Intrinsic Color Value at Full Intensity

This is not a perfect color value scale.  The blue and the green were too diluted and dried lighter than I would like.  However, you get the idea …. I hope.

As you can see, yellow is always your lightest light.  Violet is always your darkest dark.  When it comes to everything between white and black, you can choose from either side of the diamond.  If you haven’t played around with this before, I suggest you use the left side (oranges and reds) for the surfaces that are illuminated by your light source.  Use the right side (greens and blues) for the surfaces in shadow.

Or, if you are really adventurous, mix and match all you want and you will still come out with a strong painting as long as you choose your hues to correspond correctly to the values seen on the objects you are using as models.

Grayscale

I began with a line drawing using a dip pen and “Nessie” ink. Using a limited palette of only three hues (Aureolin, Permanent Alizarin and French Ultramarine Blue) I mixed the other hues I needed to correspond with the values I wanted.  I mixed a yellow-orange, orange, yellow-green, green, and a slightly darker green moving toward blue-green.

First I painted the darkest dark, the shadows.  I let that dry completely so that I could see exactly how dark the violet shadows ended up. The second wash was the background, the yellow-orange.  These two washes define my value range, my lightest light (other than the white paper) and my darkest dark.  I then worked dark to light starting on the shadow side of the clipper and making my way around the surfaces from shadow to illuminated planes.

When I got to the clipper attachment I totally forgot what my goal was and simply played with the ink bleeding into a diluted blue-violet mix.  It is difficult to shut off my intuitive actions.

Family Treasures No.47 – Craftsman Electric Hair Clipper

I present this and other methods of painting by color value in the Color Value Workshops.

A quick demonstration for the ladies who attended the workshop at Village Arts Supply in Santa Rosa on Novemeber 3, 2012  ……

Eye Dropper

I started off with a simple contour drawing in permanent, fine tip marker.  Next I demonstrated how to lay down a wash by “pushing the puddle” of watercolor.  The key is to keep the puddle moving downward while the paper is slightly tipped toward you, turning the paper when you need to work around a corner.  When you reach the bottom, carefully wick away the puddle, drying your brush quickly on a paper towel or sponge between wickings.  Do not touch the surface of the paper with the brush, only the puddle itself.  Let the paper dry at a slant so the paint doesn’t move back onto a dry area.

Demonstration Painting:  “Eye Dropper” – drawn first with fine tip Sharpie marker, followed by watercolor.

Color Scheme: Analogous with Split Complements:  Yellow, Yellow-Green, Green with Red and Violet.

What a whirlwind!

Working by oil lamp

We lost power early on Monday, October 29th as Hurricane Sandy howled its way into New Jersey.  Still hoping that my plane would be able to take off on Thursday morning …. and that I would be able to get myself to the airport past fallen trees and strewn power lines, I completed preparing the materials for the Color Scheme Game Workshops scheduled in Santa Rosa, CA for Nov. 2nd and 3rd.  Oil lamps illuminated my efforts to be totally prepared.

United Club at Newark Airport

With only minor detours I wound my way down to the highway and drove through the predawn darkness to the airport, hoping to be able to make contact with the internet world as I waited for my plane departure.  No such luck.  Terminal C was without internet, but the flight was not delayed.

Village Art Supply Color Scheme Game Workshop

Color Scheme Game Workshop demonstration

Thank you Joanie Springer! for hosting and putting together two fantastic workshops!  No doubt I will be returning to Santa Rosa in the near future.  Thank you Village Arts for hosting the second workshop in the center of your bright and inspiring art store!  A great time was had by all.

Sketchbook Drawings: Top – drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink followed by watercolor and gouache.  Middle – drawn with fountain pen filled with Sheaffer black cartridge ink. Bottom – drawn first with Sheaffer fountain pen followed by watercolor – demonstration in process at private Color Scheme Game Workshop.