The Wonder of Color #3

“Ecclectic Woods” 2014 cjm   Oh fervent green upon the land envelope and comfort my weary feet Set your dew upon my toes and travel with me through the woods of broken trees With saplings in the distance I feel a tingle in the ground emerging carrying me forward Color Fact: Did you know? Albert […]

Reflections

Change is colorful! As fall approaches I am acutely aware of the gradual change that occurs. One of my favorite parts of this transitional time of year are the colors.  It’s amazing to me how each day there is a little bit more.  I wait in anticipation for the experience but also with an unsettling […]

Transitions

Having wrapped up a series of posts on composition I must admit to feeling a little unsure of where to go with my “ArtFull Thoughts”. What comes up is the word transition.  Perhaps fitting as the season begins to shift from summer to fall.  Leaves are changing color and beginning to float to the ground. […]

The Composition #12

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #12 This post wraps up the series on “Composition”.  I hope the last 11 weeks have been helpful and prompted further discovery or question. I’ve touched on many of the foundations that […]

The Composition #11

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #11 Many elements of composition have been covered over the past weeks.  What I’d like to touch on this week is  TEXTURE as part of a composition.  Perhaps we are more familiar […]

The Composition #10

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #10 Line.  Perhaps one of the most obvious components of a composition but perhaps overlooked as to it’s potential power. A few definitions: LINE – a long, narrow mark or band. LINE […]

The Composition #9

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #9 Abstract art often relies heavily on shape and color in composition.  As details get stripped away other elements become more pronounced and sometimes less understood by the mind.  Abstractions after all […]

The Composition #7

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #7 Identifying “planes” can be helpful in determining the value scale in a painting.  This is most notably used in landscape painting but can be applied to the figure or a still life […]

The Composition #6

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #6 A grisaille and grisaille underpainting are similar to a value study in that they are monochromatic in color. Typically done in black and white or gray.  Throughout history they have been a […]

The Composition #5

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #5 Defining values in a composition can make or break your painting. They are an anchor and grounding component.  Values create form and give a painting structure. They also contribute to communicating space, […]