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The Way To Happiness The philosophy of these lessons: Look, Learn, Practice

Chapter 17 of "The Way To Happiness" deals with Competence. I've found that too many limit their own progress as an artist with the concept that they "haven't got the talent." 90% of being a good professional artist is about looking for yourself, learning (including good study habits), and practicing what you have learned to become Competent. If you are interested in a free copy of "The Way to Happiness", please email me for one.

Lesson 2

1. In American Artist, 9/91, Phillip Osbourne states "If the light is warm, the shadows are cool, and if the light is cool, the shadows are warm." Test this statement by looking at objects under various light conditions. Do you agree? How would you use this?

2. Word for the week:
ABILITY: 1. The quality of being able to do something; physical, mental, financial or legal power to perform. 2. A natural or acquired skill or talent. [from Latin habilis, manageable, apt, expert, from habere, to hold, handle]

3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."

This value study is interesting as well but it illustrates relative value. Notice that the value in each band seems to be darker at its lower edge than at its top. Prior to doing the following exercise, the student should have done a value scale with at least 5 values (and preferably ten) from black to white. The beginner can use this exercise to learn to mix oils. I recommend using burnt sienna and ultramarine blue to make a black instead of black from the tube. Gray in stages using white.

Simplify what you see to only three values. Set up a simple still life. Concentrate on translating it as a drawing using only 3 values, a dark, a medium and a light tone. For this exercise, you may want to mix the three colors on the palette, using the palette knife. I don't usually encourage this. You can also do this exercise using a soft lead pencil, ink washes or other media that will give three distinct values.

Study of 3 objects in 3 tones plus white (pencil).

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Last Updated: February 2, 2011