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.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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