Mississhippi's Madness

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Painting in Drawing class? How confusing…


I still don’t get why we are painting in our drawing class. We have used graphite, charcoal, ink and oil pastels, and then jumped straight to… acrylic paint? What happened to soft pastels? I miss my soft pastels and really haven’t had time to use them all year at all – and we don’t get to use them in drawing class. I find that bizarre.

Anyway, we are hunting for rare tints in drawing class. Tertiary colours mixed with lots of white. In other words, pastels!

My first effort using purple and yellow has been scrapped. It wasn’t grid like enough. Oh, yes, did I forget to mention we have to work in a grid as well.

So here is my red/green rare tint work so far…

I have still to use some oil pastels, in pure colour and rare tint, to finish this off (the green is quite a bit paler than this looks in this photo – I have to learn how to use Photoshop!). And then I have to do another one, grid pattern and rare tints again, but using a different complementary colour set, probably I’ll go with blue/orange this time, rather than go back to the yellow/purple combo.

You can probably tell I am not very inspired by this project – really, the first one this year that I haven’t been enthusiastic about at all. The colour mixing is great experience. The style of the work does nothing for me.

But I will soldier on. After all, there are only two weeks to go…


Author: Elaine

Artist, writer, married, mother, living with Ankylosing Spondylitis and winning (most of the time). My creative impulses have led me to drawing, pastel painting, writing, handcrafts and photography.

5 thoughts on “Painting in Drawing class? How confusing…

  1. Good painting (so far)! You really should learn Photoshop, the potential, the ideas…

  2. I can understand why you would be less then thrilled to be working on such a constrictive project. Even the word “grid” makes me shudder….

    Soldier on and think of England/Christmas/fluffy bunnies….

  3. Elaine,
    You have no idea how much I’m enjoying reading your blog and your projects. I feel for you though when you have to work on things that at the moment seem weird or pointless. However, you are learning about new techniques and materials, and maybe someday you’ll make use of them. In any case what you are doing will help you view art (all kinds of art) with new eyes.

    • Thanks Adriana. The colour mixing I have learnt whilst doing this saturation / rare tints project has been great, and the second work in this diptych has turned out really well. I think I just had to get my head around the idea of what it was all about. And it was the techniques that I came to learn this year, so I have certainly gained a whole lot of those, even from the projects I didn’t like πŸ™‚

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