This painting class is so great. Nick started off with a lecture on color theory and ideas for choosing our colors. Then we all jumped right in to painting. I worked on my underpainting just to get the experience, but at lunchtime I decided I needed to start my color as well if I want to be finished by Friday. So after my walk to the gas station to get my granola bar, vitamin water, and banana, I set to work laying out colors on my palette.
And the the struggle became real. Choosing the right colors was eluding me. In the past I could easily analyze colors from photographs on the computer. But now I had to look at the model and decide what the colors were. My first attempt was too dark, and luckily Nick came to my rescue and pointed out that I was painting too dark. He also suggested I mix in some cadmium yellow – which I did not bring because it was not on our supply list. K T next to me had a huge tube of it and let me have some.
After that I started laying in color and it felt pretty good. I got some compliments from a few classmates. Our class monitor Maria, who is in the atelier program, said she felt like she could reach right out and grab that breast.
So felt like I made good progress today. I didn’t feel very confident on my color choices – I feel the scheme looks too Caucasian, but maybe I can adjust the colors over the next few days.
I’ve been eating at Buca di Beppos the last couple nights – yummy Italian food – but tonight I think I’ll try a seafood place. Despite all my walking I noticed I’m looking pudgy. So I’m off to eat.