Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Complements! Yellow/Purple

Here's the third one in the series. At some point I will do this same set up with primaries. Gotta wait to feel it though!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Palette Quandry

All of a sudden I started missing my three complementary palettes! Right in the middle of working on a book of primaries! Oh no! What to do? I just dove right back into my comfort zone of twenty odd years of complementary palettes! Feels so good! I suppose I will get back into my project, but a girls gotta have fun too!

The top one is the red/green palette and the bottom one is orange/blue. Miss you guys!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Working from paintings (that aren't yours)!

Kate brings up a good question about working from someone else's painting. Read below:

Hello Joyce,
 I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your book 'Big Art Small Canvas'.
It is one of my favorite instruction books. Your work really is wonderful.
Friends are encouraging me to sell the paintings I have finished from your book.
I am not sure if this is legal or not and have seen many differing answers. Some instructors say yes, some no.
What do you feel about this?
Thank you,

I told her it was the biggest complement anyone could give me! As long as she's not signing my name!
I've used other paintings as inspiration (and even my own paintings). What I usually do is title it "In Homage to " or "After". Since I work really small, it's obvious that I'm not trying to forge their work.
Does anyone have another way of handling this situation?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Leisure Painter

There's an article in November issue of the English magazine, Leisure Painter that I wrote on complementary palettes! I was worried that I didn't have the mandatory number of words but ended up with too many; they had to make it a two-parter, so rest of article will be in December issue! Magazine is available in some Barnes and Noble stores in the U.S. I have yet to see it!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Big Art Small Canvas review

Here's a review that I recently received that made me feel so good. It's an honor to be able to help other people on their artistic journeys! Thanks Lionel!

Among all the books I purchased in the last few years, this is the one that influenced me the most. The book has 2 parts. The first one explains every detail of the painting process from mixing the colors to putting highlights on an object. It is full of concise and clear instructions and every idea is illustrated with a painting and notes e.g: "the sky color is dragged into the mountain making the value lighter and helping it recede into the background". It is as close to a live class as you can get. In the second part, the author demonstrates her 4 step process with almost 20 of her paintings. Before this book my paintings were too horrible to even gift them to my family! I started with the simple lemon painting in the book and 4 years later, I had the confidence to make a painting exhibit! Thank you Joyce!