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.
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."
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.
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