Saturday, November 14, 2009
Journal page - Ginger's stars
One of my students wanted to know how to draw a star. I drew a few on this page but couldn't leave it at that. So here are Ginger's stars - colored and written on. I made a point of using the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue, which gives the drawing some zing, I think.
It is always a good idea to use organized color when doing any kind of art, if you want it to look like art! I encourage my students to keep a color wheel with them as few people have an intuitive sense of color. I find myself using every color available in my box if I don't start out with a decision on the color system I want to use. When I'm quilting it can work, espcially with a scrappy quilt. But drawings and paintings become a real mess and hard to look at if the color isn't organized. One can use, for example, the three primaries and make it very interesting by using, in addition to the pure colors, shades (black added) and tints (white added) of the pure colors. The other thing to remember is to choose one color as your main color and the other(s) in smaller amounts. So now I can see you examining the drawing above to see if I practice what I preach! I better look at it again, too!