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.

Kath G.

I'm attaching my work from week 2... very interesting task:) I did two different strips of white to black to see if I could make the gradations smoother on the second one... I think the first one I did (on the left) is the better one - but I'm not sure ... I'll continue to work on this. The colour wheel was fun.. interesting to paint 1 and 11 the same colour and then move around the wheel from there. 

I've been tied up with some other tasks - so am behind in painting the 24 colour wheels. I look forward to working with these and seeing if my painting becomes more fluent... it takes a while to learn how to move the brush!!

I'm enjoying this - good fun. 

Sandi N.

I finally finished all the wheels. I discovered when I printed the colour wheel template that it came out quite a bit smaller.  So being of somewhat Scottish heritage, as well as the supply shop being 50km away, I printed up pages with 6 colour wheels on them. 

In the secondary colours, I tried using the leaf green paint, rather than mixing.  It's quite blue, so I also did one by mixing the yellow and blue.  

It's a lovely fall day here in Ontario, so I think I shall plant my Canada 150 tulip bulbs!  (I think they're a wonderful colour study!) 

Secondary With Green

Secondary With Green

Tertiary - One

Tertiary - One

Secondary With Leaf Green

Secondary With Leaf Green

Tertiary - Two

Tertiary - Two