Well, talk about your overachievers! Everyone's been stepping up their game, doing extra-curricular work and totally disproving the notion that summer days are "lazy."
Some very interesting groupings and themes today, so we'll get right to it. We'll start with our old masters, most of whom seem to attempting portraits—arguably the most difficult of the painting genres. And then there's Ken, who's moved beyond Rothko to "Rothko-esque...if Rothko were enamored of the rigger brush and both highly caffeinated and serene." Also, note one of our new artists has a portrait in this grouping, framed in twigs, flowers and leaves. So very cool!
And now we're on to the new artists. This week is the famed introduction to complementary colors. Just as a reminder, complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel and, when combined, create neutrals—with a gamut of beautiful colors along the way. Notice that our newbies didn't stop with a few swatches, they tested these colors to the limit—each in a different way.
There's a clever parade of colors around a spiral. There's an entire city on a river glimpsed through a deep fog. Some of these are even entire paintings featuring each of the 3 pairs of complements. Definitely a new high standard. Enjoy!
And John's been busy as well. These are colored pencil. They're part of a story begun several weeks ago. Ultimately, there will be as many as 50, and as fast as John's drawing, it won't be long. We're particularly attracted to the swirling clouds in the background—uniquely beautiful in each drawing.
We'll be off next week to celebrate the 4th of July, but we're looking forward to seeing you the week after. Happy painting!