I learned so much from my 6-day workshops – I honestly don’t know who learned the most, my students or me. Some things worked out great and some I’ll do differently next time. However I returned home more convinced than ever that two basic precepts hold true.
First, the results are almost always gorgeous when students start with a source of color inspiration that really moves them. Lee Ann Armstrong was strongly affected by the colors that surrounded her on her trip to India. She chose the photograph below which she had taken herself for her inspiration. Wouldn’t her cane make a wonderful fabric for a sari?
Even when students don’t quite capture the colors in their inspiration pieces the colors in their canes harmonize and the results are beautiful.
It helps if the images used, whether on fabric or paper, have shaded colors rather than flat ones. Notice how the shapes in the picture above appear flat but have a lot of shading that is reflected in these canes.
Second, starting from primary colors and mixing the rest produces more beautiful colorways than working from a wide range of package colors. All of the canes from these workshops were created using only primary colors and white with the occasional addition of black, or a neutral such as brown or ecru to modify the colors.
The shapes, images, and thematic elements in the inspiration pieces often find their way into the canes as well, as is clearly the case in the picture below.
This is a wonderful post, Carol with inestimable value. Before I have even had a chance to apply your observations, I am blindsided by your profound to include these observations in a post entitled, “Back to the Basics”. Basics of course are not as much elementary as they are foundational and requisite, and likewise, I see, the basics here emanate from the breadth of all of your experience, wisdom, and your finely honed imagination. In short, it seems “the basics” aren’t readily perceivable to those of us at a ‘basic’ skill level. Thank you again for offering the spoor of this knowledge you have so diligently pursued and then shared.
You have been wonderful about replying to my posts. Thank you so much for the comments, especially compliments like this.!
Wonderful, beautiful and motivating!
Thank you Joy.
My mother-in-law was a painter who had great disdain for people who “paint out of the tube.” Like you, Carol, she understood that getting “real” color comes from using a limited number of primaries. Theda created her own signature palette just as you are teaching your students to do. And we LOVE the results.
A sweet story. Thank you, Priscilla.
Your blog posts are always interesting and informative…definitely eye candy…and brain candy!!!
Thank you Laurie. I’m glad you like the “candy.”
I’ll bet the room is explosive when those canes are sliced for the forst time. Wow. More, please.
I’m glad you are enjoying it, Lisa.
Your students are doing amazing work – a reflection on a great teacher! Love their results!
Thank you very much Janice. You are so kind!