Kath G.

Lesson Five has been challenging and a fantastic playtime!

I appreciate the generosity of my local paint shop as I went in and asked them if I could access their paint chips for my projects. They were gracious and welcomed me to spend time as I tried to match colours within the three pieces I'd chosen - a Van Gogh, piece of wrapping paper and some fabric (I haven't completed this yet - but I will).

I also finished my colour wheels from lesson 2 over the past week and a bit - fabulous colours. I'm happy to keep working away at experimenting with the colour mixes from lesson 3 - but these may take place after the course is actually finished as the holidays approach.

I find it challenging (fun too!) to try to match the colours - different lighting really affects the colour as well. I selected the paint chips while under florescent lights, reviewed them in daylight at home and then generally painted them under led lights in the late afternoon/evening. I'm not sure of my original 'matches' - but had lots of fun deselecting colours that I thought worked in florescent lighting that were no longer appropriate in daylight.

I am looking forward to feedback around the matches/complements and most importantly (to my understanding) right now of the opposite value and opposite intensity sections. I thought I had them well sorted and had a good understanding when I did the Van Gogh and then had to review and relearn them when I went to do the wrapping paper.... not sure I'm solid on this yet - but hopeful:)

I'm not happy with the green in my wrapping paper exercise... I thought it was green and then changed my mind to add a bit of black to 'muddy' it a bit - but this was after I'd mixed the opposite value and intensity... it just doesn't look right to me and I'm not sure what I should have tried to match the original colour. I also found myself going back and forth on the hues... not sure if the colour was orange or yellow-orange... I decided on yellow-orange.. but not sure.

..... Am learning lots - thanks.

Finished my Christmas biscotti - will need to work on not eating it, but giving it away!

Sue W.

Week 5: Matching Hue, Opposite Values and Intensities

This session taught me so much and was quite difficult – unfortunately I only managed to do one.

The thing that I found so amazing was that the complements and tints and shades were often others colours in the design…..

Plan to continue this exercise with other cloth designs and perhaps paintings to see how designers and painters work with their colour palette.

Jackie T.

This assignment was surprising, informative, fun and gives us a great tool.

I'm just sending this one right now to make sure I've understood correctly before continuing with my third one. There are quite a few colours and I'm still working on getting the paint chips for it.

In the attached one I couldn't find a paint chip for the 'pink' hue. For the match I mixed carmine red, blue, white and a bit of black. Also the match to the red-orange dried lighter than when mixed. The 4 colours in the sample appear to be around the middle of the value scale.

Thank you.


Mary Hall R.

I've really enjoyed this exercise. I found a painting by Diebenkorn (Invented Landscape, here with a distorted aspect ratio) to use to match the colors. With the color wheel, I feel that I honed in pretty well where I needed to go for most of the colors. I had trouble with the color chip on the far right - I started with red and green, but after I had done the dark blue (the 3rd color chip, hard to see the dark blue with the not-so-great quality of my photo...), I found that I was missing the orange! With just orange and black, I got the square in the right column. There are so many colors in black! It is exciting to see here the relations between his color choices. I'm looking forward to doing more.

Kath G.

I enjoyed making the large papers of orange-blue with pure hues and the variety of muted colours - tints, shades and tones. I continue to practice the terms and while not confident yet - I'm improving.

Exploring the scuffing method with larger brushes was fun - experience helped me in creating a smoother transition from one hue to another... but my brush quality was poor and I chased wayward brush hairs that dropped out of the brush while I painted!! An interesting distraction - quality products would make the work more seamless. I'll remember that in future purchases.

Making collages is not my strong suit - my experience with this and my confidence are low. I felt intimidated (by myself) through this process. My inner critic is alive and well and I had trouble quieting her and repeating to myself - 'it's not the product - it's the process'.

Finally completed the exercise yesterday and am posting photos. 

I'd like to go back and make other combinations with red-violet and yellow-green - those colours seem to be speaking to me right now. Will need to put it in sequence with other work I haven't finished yet!! Enjoying the work:)

Carol W. H.

Here is another set of collages for Week 4 in different colour complements:

Here is a second set of collages from papers with a yellow to violet colour gradation.   Now that I can see the pieces of paper I have left, I've become aware that I've been using very little of the papers which have white added to the colours.   Not quite sure why.   For both these and the orange to blue collages I ended up painting more papers with different values of grey.

There are 2 collages for each of exercises 1, 2 and 3 and 1 collage for exercise 4.

Carol W. H.

Here are the rest of the complementary pairs - red-orange to blue-green, yellow-orange to blue-violet and red-orange to yellow-green. They fall very short on perfection, but I find them inspirational in terms of texture and colour.

I think in terms of wanting to use these colour ranges with dyes for weaving, the strips of the different colours between the two complements are really useful as well. I’m also sending a photo of a yarn winding showing a gradation between a blue and orange.

Jackie T.

Here's the basic part of the Lesson 3 assignment. It has been fun and surprising with all the different colours created. Looking forward to doing the same with tints, etc.

I found it somewhat easier to blend once I changed to a heavier paper which didn't buckle and cause puddles.

Thank you for reacquainting me with my palette knife. For me it makes it easier to mix and I use less paint.

Time is going too fast.

Kath G.

Interesting exercise - I 'scuffed' along (fun term) with complimentary colours - tricky - as I was not able to move as seamlessly as your demonstration Jane!!

Mine moved very quickly to the less (?) intense colour and then I was not be able to move back. It was fun though and I can see where I think I should go next. There are some very interesting colours in these ranges.

I'm still working on the colour wheels from week 2 and while I'm slow - it is so exciting to see colours unfold that I would not have predicted... it's like a new box of smarties or M&Ms in each wheel. I am thoroughly enjoying the time it takes to do this exploration and have some great tunes on while I play with the paint.

I'll continue to finish the colour wheels - no clear end point and am curious to see if I can make some strips, as suggested, mixing each colour into the other 11!! 

Sue W.

Week 2-  Attributes of Color: Value

Firstly I must apologize for being behind – I am enjoying these colour wheels and learning a huge amount – You are so right Jane actually doing them teaches so much.

I have done the Grey Scale Bar, Grey Scale Wheel and Primary Colour Wheels. I will do the secondary and tertiary colour wheels later this week – just thought I should post what I have completed so far.

However I am having problems with the colour fluidity especially with the black to the colour mixing– any tips really appreciated

Here are the Grey Scales:

Here are the Primary Colour Wheels

 You can see the `black to colour mixing problem!! 

I will now work on Week 3 Intensity whilst continuing with these colour wheels and I will post the Secondary and Tertiary wheels when complete

Thanks for this course Jane so much to learn…

Jackie T.

The colour wheels from lesson 2 are not going as well as I had thought they were. I have sent the best so far. My problem was/is that the gradation in the black into colour in the actual piece I can see but when I photograph it it doesn't show up so well so I'm redoing them and hopefully getting better transitions.

The photo of the fall leaves seems to fall into  the black to yellow wheel.

Back to painting now that I've finished raking up all those leaves.

Carol W. H.

I made three attempts at the Grey Scale and I'm attaching a photo of all three.   I think the third is the best.   Then I did three colour wheels.   The first two went dark too quickly and this third one is better I think.   I had difficulty getting the centre colour and am still not sure it's quite right.   I haven't punched the holes yet because I've momentarily lost my hole punch!   I know I have it somewhere because I got it out a couple of days ago and it will turn up eventually...

I'm including a photo of a gradation of greys I did on cotton yarn with Procyon MX dyes.   After I used this set of yarns I decided that the darker ones were too close.   I ended up drawing a curve on graph paper showing the gradation I had done and then trying different curves to see if I could get a better gradation for the darker part.

I'm also including two photos (one of yarns and one of a set of colour chips) that I did some while ago by dyeing value gradations on cotton yarn and also painting the dyes onto paper and cutting out little squares and sticking them on strips of paper so that I had a record of all the Procyon MX dyes that I had.   I know the dye won't be totally accurate on paper but it has been useful as a starting point.

I've now started painting all the colours into black and white on the colour wheels.   I've only done yellow so far and didn't get the lovely greens that you did Jane.   Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

I'm finding all this so incredibly useful and can see the endless possibilities in painting all these different wheels and strips and then re-doing them!    I think I'll now go on to the complements and keep going with the other wheels at the same time.