I used a painting by Ton Pret, called ‘Giant memory’ for this exercise. I zoomed in on a couple of details in the painting. I think I was pretty successful in recording the colours, but I was not easy mixing the colours because even though there are only a couple of colours in the painting, the colours all seemed to be different depending on the colours surrounding them.
This exercise was a lot of fun. It was not easy to find a suitable piece of fabric and mixing the colours the match the colours of the fabric was not easy either, but I really like the result.
For this exercise, I used water colour paint and acrylic paint. I tried all the ways to mix paint mentioned in this exercise. I had some trouble mixing the colours with black. I did not manage a fluent transition from light to darker colours. My colours became really dark. I thought mixing colour with white and with their complementary colours was easier. I was surprised at the results I got from mixing complementary colours. I expected to get really dull brown or grey colours, but the colours were actually really pretty. I especially like the results I got from mixing cerulean blue and grey.
I also really liked this exercise. After the first two exercises of stage 2, I ordered a copy of the book ‘Colour: A Workshop for Artists and Designers’ by David Hornung. I am looking forward to learning more about colour and trying out some of the exercises in this book.
I thought this was a great exercise. It is amazing how the central colour seems to change depending on the background colour. Especially the difference between using a light or a dark colour.
During the weekend, I made a little sketchbook, using a fern leaf as inspiration. I used different techniques to record the leaf. The cover is made out of dryer sheets.
I drew the leaf on the first page using a 2H pencil. For the second page, I made a stamp by carving a leaf in a of piece of foam sheet and for the third page, I used the fern leaf as a stamp.
Hammered leaf print and a rubbing.
The actual leaf.
The back of the sketchbook.
I’ve been making a couple of colour circles. I’ve made the first using watercolour paint.
For the second and the third colour circle, I’ve used pages from a magazine. I got the idea from a book called ‘Collage: experiments, investigations, and exploratory projects’ by Bee Shay.
Hot colour circle
Cold colour circle