My friend Janet Smith (mixed media artist) convinced me to sign up for a class at the Art Students League of Denver this fall. The class is Color Mixing and Jane Jones is teaching it. The first class was last Thursday and it’s already been a great investment of my time and money just for the comprehensive handout (book!) we were given on the first day. Jane said “by the end of this course, I will give you a paint chip and you will be able to reproduce the exact color without a sweat.” That’s exactly what I need!
I have been dyeing fabric using a deconstructed screen printing technique and have been painting it with acrylics and fabric paint but I have been unable to match the color I want so understanding the basics of color mixing is crucial to my future growth as an artist.
Another way I know I need this course is that I had only 3 tubes of acrylics in my stash (out of 15 “basic colors”) on the class list. That’s not saying I didn’t have a lot of other colors! Just not the right ones. So, it’s back to the store to stock up on more paint but at least by November, I’ll know what to do with it!
Here’s a dyed/painted piece in my 28″ x 28″ series called Wildfires. Unfortunately appropriate this week as Boulder canyon burns.