One of our members recently asked Rita Kirkman how she chooses color. In case you missed it, Rita says, "I can give you a head-start tip on "color" by saying that I've gotten so good (in others' opinions) with color by not thinking in terms of color (hue), but of value and temperature."
She cautions us to "remember that any color that is a green or a violet is going to be cooler than any reds or yellows, and warmer than any blues. " Click here to read all of Rita's excellent discussion on value and temperature in her Art Journal.
Rita is the demo artist at the January 3, 2015, 10:30 AM, meeting of PSST at Texas Art Supply, 2001 Montrose Blvd., Houston. (Thanks to Kathy for starting the discussion)
Are you a grid painter? Or sometimes just make small marks on your reference photo and paint surface to indicate quarter sections or the golden mean thirds?
Gabor Svagrik posted a video that shows how Photoshop makes a grid system so easy. Folding the paper, plastic overlay, drawing the lines, tic marks, none of that is necessary with a few clicks on Photoshop.
Here's how: In Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, on the menu bar, click either Photoshop, File, or Edit (depends on your version of PS). Click Preferences, click Guides & Grids. Press Enter. In the Grid Box type or make your selection. Press OK. Back to the menu bar, Click View and check Grid. Photoshop magic.
Svagrik also discusses how to digitally proportion a reference photo onto the size painting surface you have chosen. Subscribe to his blog to have access to the full video, and he may also post it to his page on Google Plus,
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