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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paleta de Colores :)

This is one of my "coloured notes", in which I keep a record on how to achieve a particular colour. I usually keep one or two for each project. In this particular case I was using watercolours, gouaches and acrylics on paper.
Esta es una de mis "anotaciones de color", en donde escribo cómo logré algunos colores en particular. Generalmente tengo una o dos por cada proyecto. En este caso estaba utilizando acuarelas, gouaches y acrílicos sobre papel.

Here I share with you some other kind of "notes" taken from Margot Schulzke's book, A Painter's Guide to Design and Composition, which I find very useful:

Getting inspired
How to nurture that inspiration to get to the finished painting? (p. 64)
Be always on the prowl for potential subject matter.
Don’t wait for ideal circumstances to materialize. Work where and when you have to. Routinely carry a sketchbook and explore. Memory plays an important role as well.
Imagination is a big player, along with contemplation.
Plan –and plan –for success. Even if you have years of painting experience.
Choose the method of development that works best for you.

Become a Risk Taker (p. 125)
Approach every artistic effort as an experiment. Some fail, some succeed. Build upon successes and learn from failures.
Experiment with paintings that area “lost causes”. When the end result no longer matters, you’ll feel free to play.
Start fresh projects, with experimentation as the entire object. Try materials, surfaces and techniques you’d never dare try on an ordinary day.
Set the stage for creativity. Purchase the necessary equipment to allow you to paint unfettered. Establish a permanent, organized workspace.
Take the workshops you need.
Be willing to do something extreme –such as amputate.
Don’t operate on autopilot. Plan. Make thumbnails, value plans and colour studies. Explore possibilities in a non-final state when you have nothing to lose.
Make progress notes. Later you may forget how you got that great effect. Writing helps you retain ideas.
Play music in your studio that relaxes or jazzes you up. Suit it to the subject matter of mood you are striving for.
Always ask, “Why not?”

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