Palette and Brush Re-Markstm

09/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Learn about 1. composition, 2. value, and 3. color. Then because you are the artist and you are in charge, using your artistic license, be willing to change things in your reference to make the painting work. Be it 1. composition, 2. value or 3. color of items within your reference. Your reference may be your photo, a still life, or you painting en plein air.

09/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

To neutralize a color, glaze over it with its compliment. That would be the color straight across the color wheel.

08/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Remember that everything reflects everything around it. That is exactly why I do NOT wear orange.

08/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Shadow Problems? Shadows in your paintings may be warm or cool depending on the temperature of their surroundings. If it is a "hot day," your shadows should be cool. If it is a "cold day," your shadows should be warm. Shadow colors should be as interesting as the rest of your painting. Never just gray or purple. Even shadows have reflected colors in them.

07/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

From Christopher Schink:  “The process of applying various earthen, metal and synthetic dyes to a sheet of pressed wood or paper with fur hairs attached to a stick—is not a natural act.” gailism: Yes, becoming an artist is not a natural act. Becoming an artist is a process. A process that requires time, energy, hard work and desire. But what great rewards await us for our efforts!

07/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Decision time? Sometimes there are really difficult choices. Just make the best choice with what you have before you and move on.

06/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

You never know where your inspiration will come from! Keep your mind alert and your eyes open. And always have a camera with you. You never know...!

06/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Color photos of your references, when enlarged to 8½ by 11 and printed Grayscale on Glossy Photo Paper, make for great value studies.

05/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

There are no rules in art... just sharing learned experiences we have had and shared choices we have made along the way.

05/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

The escalator to success is out of order. You’ll have to take the stairs. Becoming an artist and staying an artist requires continuing hard work, taking one step at a time. But the rewards are so very worthwhile!

04/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

In art, we make good choices because of our good experiences. We make bad choices because of a lack of experiences. You make good choices by first having bad experiences.

04/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

"A good teacher, like a good student, must keep learning. When I quit studying and learning, I will quit teaching."

03/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

No artist learns to paint. Artists are always learning to paint all their lives! Learning to paint is a continuing, ongoing lifetime journey. An artist never outgrows their need to learn.

03/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

From D.H. Lawrence: “The eyes don’t see what the mind doesn’t know.” gailism: The eyes don’t recognize what the mind hasn’t been taught to seek. To keep growing, you must keep seeking.

2/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail

Once you become fearless, Art becomes limitless.

2/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Every problem is an opportunity waiting to happen.

1/15/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

As an artist you are a storyteller, an educator, a director, a gatherer or collector of ideas, materials/supplies, and a scientist.

1/01/2020

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

The only way to never fail is to never try. Keep reaching beyond your comfort zone, and you will be rewarded.

12/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

When you are struggling with a painting remember: You’re not failing. You just haven’t succeeded yet!

12/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Be Aware:  The line between success and failure is constantly moving.

11/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Three Knots: Knot letting the colors mix on the watercolor paper. Knot understanding negative painting. Knot leaving enough white sparkles. Don’t tie your paintings in Knots! Knots are hard to untie!

11/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

From Pat Dews: “Painting is a journey. You start by taking small steps that lead to bigger steps. Once you have taken the basic information, then you have a guide for the path you are to take. Above all, the most important thing is to paint what you want and what you feel.”

10/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

To quote Tony Couch: “One of the advantages of transparent watercolor over other mediums is its fresher, sparkling spontaneity.”

10/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

A quote for Edgar J. Whitney, the "Father of Watercolor": “A vignette is a piece of subject matter in a well-designed piece of white space.” gailism: Vignettes can be painted off one, two, or three sides of your watercolor paper, BUT NEVER four.

09/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

To quote Ava Duvernay: “If you try and it doesn’t work out, you’re not a failure. You’re a risk taker.” gailism: Remember, you learn more from your mistakes than your successes!

09/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Too much pigment and not enough water may make a "stickie" mix that will not flow.

08/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

In April 1998, Ken and I vacationed in Rome. More Masterpieces of 2-D and 3-D art and Architecture than I could ever digest. I was overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of all the city had to offer. I was moved to write the following note on April 29th: “Perspective is the road to understanding what you see!”

08/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Birthing a painting is similar to birthing a baby! You decide to. You make your plans. You gather supplies. The baby arrives, the painting is started. Each one goes through phases of development until they get to be teenagers and you want to throw them away! That is just before they start to mature and become your own work of art! Now you begin to really enjoy them.

07/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

There is nothing that I, as your instructor can do, which will overcome what you, the student, is not willing to try!

07/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

A palette full of pigments and a jar full of brushes does not automatically make you an artist. You can paint anything you want with one tube each of the three primary colors and three brushes. Why do I say this? Because my first w/c instructor started me that way. I can paint anything I want to paint using only the above mentioned three and three.

06/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Oscar Wilde said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." You must have "Variations" in your paintings. Variations of Line, Value, Color, Texture, Shape, Size and Direction. These, by the way, are “The Seven Basic Elements of Design.”

06/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” You can’t drive from where you are to Alaska without a detailed plan. In life and in art, if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? You must plan your painting before you start putting pigment to paper. Save

05/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Composition~Shapes: Everything is made up of abstract shapes. An ideal composition usually includes a combination of organic, geometric and abstract shapes. You as the artists “In Charge” are a Shape Maker. Always ask yourself: “Is that a good Shape?”.

05/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Every painting is a new set of problems! Solving those problems and learning from them is what creates an artist.

04/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

There are five ways to apply pigment to watercolor paper: 1. Wet on Dry; 2. Wet into Wet; 3. Dry on Wet; 4. Dry on Dry; and 5. Bridge of Color. To quote Edgar Whitney “If you paint watercolor wet into wet, that is the most natural way.”

04/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

ART IS FUN! STAY WITH IT!! YOU WILL BE REWARDED!!!

03/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Even though it’s work, painting can be fun. Creativity is always a struggle. As Robert Henri said: Your painting should look “like it was painted by a man going over the top of a hill, singing.…The painting that looks as if it were done without an effort may have been a perfect battlefield in its making.”

03/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

1.    For watercolor artists—less is more. When in doubt, leave it out! Simplify!!

2.    For Collage and multi-medium artists, more is more. Layer it on!!

02/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

3 most important steps in creating a painting:

1.    Composition

2.    Value

3.    Color

AND IN THAT ORDER!

02/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

You can’t get from one point to another without a plan. You just don’t jump in your car and start. So, let’s plan together. The 1st and 15th of each month I will be offering tips on painting. Hopefully we’ll grow together

01/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

YOU STUDENTS ARE MY MUSE. After teaching over 1,500 different students since 1995, this epiphany finally came to me in the fall of 2018. Thank you for this great journey in art we are taking together!! Find your Muse wherever you can and use it.

01/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

My Story: 1982 a neighbor said, “Let’s take a watercolor class”. I replied, “I love watercolor, BUT I DRAW STICK PEOPLE.” I took the class.” It has been a fun, creative and challenging life. IF YOU WANT IT, YOU CAN DO IT! YOU JUST GOTTA WANT IT!