About purchasing materials:
All materials are from Cheap Joe's catalog and website
He uses Robert Simmons synthetic brushes. They are good quality for a more inexpensive price.
Don brought tubes of watercolors for us to experiment with. They were great! The brand is American Journey from Cheap Joe's and once again, they are super quality at a better price. The ones I particularly liked are: copper kettle, joe's blue, harvest wheat, manganese blue, red hot momma, and halloween orange.
"When you take the viewer to the center of interest, you must entertain them."
Use shadows to connect and unify the painting: "sacrifice everything in your painting for unity."
Con't paint the photograph. Clothes and everything else should be there as a part of the painting.
Contrast is what makes a painting interesting. It may be warm against cool, light against dark, busy against calm.
The best color is personal - not found in a tube. "The best color is found."
Color must go to the value of the object. "sky isn't blue - its light middle value blue."
Color emphasis is always found in the mid values. When a color is very light or very dark, it loses its identity as a color. Colorful paintings are based on middle values.
I think thats enough for this week. We'll be taking about color and value in this week's class and I'll include more info from Don in next week's blog.