Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Web-Wise Wednesday 8/22/2007

Blogging Link of the Week: Good Blog Writing Style
This article is good for a quick scan - to see if you are aiming for the right things in blogging. Of course, each blog is a personal thing and is written in the author's own way, but there is something to be said for understanding your audience.

Art Link of the Week: Wendy Prior on Values
I've been struggling with seeing the values of a color for a while now. Everyone writes that it is obvious, but for lesser minds like mine, well, it just isn't. Wendy has written a great post about teaching yourself to see the value of a color. I've been really excited to try her method out since I first read the post.

Above you see part of my front garden, which I did using Wendy's method. You can see that Wendy helped me to get a good mix of correct and interesting colors. The actual application of the CPs leaves quite a bit to be desired, but getting the colors right is a step in the right direction. Now if I can just stop coloring my drawing and actually draw with color, then we'd be on the right track!

I'm really excited about trying to work this way...I've been focusing on colors for awhile, with little improvement. But, I think if I change my focus to values, I'll be able to to put more form into the things I'm drawing. There is a danger that I will go all wonky with the colors, but sometimes we just have to throw caution to the wind. :-)

As this is my front garden, it's part of the "Gardens in Art" series. Sadly, I'm not getting much research done this month, but today is my first day of working with my son at home, so time on the computer is taking a back seat.


Jo Castillo said...

Thanks Rose, always good to refresh your memory and ideas. Wendy's post is very helpful with value.


Anonymous said...

Go Rose! :D I'm so pleased it helped so much! I really struggled to work that one out myself, and you're right, it's not necessarily obvious at all :) I often forget how tricky I found it til I do a graphite piece and remember how easy it was not having to worry about colour :) I can't wait to see what you get up to with it! :)

(and thankyou too Jo :D)

Rose Welty said...

Jo and Wendy, thank you! I tried this again in acrylics tonight...again focussed on values, again with a b&w reference...good fun. I'll post it tomorrow. Thanks again ladies for your encouragement, it means alot.