I have neglected you... so, to catch up:
In the fall of 2012 i took a series of 8 classes in tri-hue watercolor with one of Maui's most beloved visionary artists and educators, Dick Nelson.
How did I ever get to be so lucky?!
Dick was highly influenced by his Yale educator, Josef Albers. He has taken Albers' discoveries and teachings to new heights, and is eager to pass his knowledge on to all who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Here's some of what we learned... starting with the very basics:
Did you know that the 3 primary colors of pigment are cyan, magenta, and yellow? (as opposed to what we have always been taught... red, blue, and yellow, which are the primary colors of light!)
We learned how to create the illusion of luminosity using halations and vanishing boundaries.
In 8 weeks my vision expanded and I delved into the world of Abstract... something that has been calling me more and more... to use color and form for its own sake, rather than re-presenting something else. I feel like I see in a more child-like manner as i practice my painting... seeing the world directly... in the space before i name it.
.... so adieu for now, dear blog... i'm going to go paint....