Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Dominik Modlinski Plein Air Painting Workshop

On July 16 - 19, the Juneau Plein Rein Painters hosted 

an intrepid plein air landscape painter from Canada.
Check his website, 
I highly recommend taking a workshop from Dominik.

Things I learned, and things that were refreshed:
   1. With Titanium White, Quinacridone Red, Phthalo Blue and Cadmium Lemon Yellow (or Cad Yellow Light) you can mix a huge variety of colors. When going out painting en plein air - no need to bring tons of tubes of paint!

   2. In each pair of complementary colors (colors diametrically opposite each other on the color wheel), all three primaries [red, yellow, blue] are always present.
 Yellow - Violet = yellow, red + blue
Blue - Orange = blue, yellow + red
Red - Green = red, yellow + blue


Dominik instructed us how to make our own color charts to see for ourselves what incredible diverse and beautiful color mixes you can get from 3 colors. We were encouraged to do this again. I will.

This big, open (dry!) space is the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council venue for shows, fund-raisers, etc and luckily it was available because on the first day, it was pouring!

This demo painting by Dominik showed us how complementary colors affect a painting, 
that red-orange just pops next to the blue-violet.

The day's last exercise was to mix the complementary contrasting colors (yellow to violet, blue to orange, red to green) little by little to transition from the base color to its complement - as in the photo above. In those six colors alone you can see the beautiful mixes that result, which, when used in a painting produce color harmony.

Next post will be about putting those limited palette color mixing techniques to work en plein air! and continuing my "learned list".


Chris Lally said...

Felt as if I had been there. Boy, color mixing - such an important lesson. Dominik's triad with white looks really interesting. I'll give it a try. Thanks, Teri!

Teri said...

Hi Chris, Dominik used a little white with the phthalo to make a more "reasonable" blue, sort of a cobalt. But the pure phthalo was good for the very dark darks. He did not/does not use black.
Thanks for the comment, and by the way I really love your "Danger Danger" ink batiks!