I am an acrylic painter, more photo realistic than impressionist and largely self taught. Having based my business mostly on commissions has resulted in a very diverse portfolio, from portraits to cars to pets to buildings .... I love having that variety in my work. That being said, I'm currently creating my second 52 Week body of works, the first being Black & White paintings, and this one being Horsing Around (playing with colour, with a horse theme). The project is called Studio 52. Seven local artists have come together to create one small piece of art a week for the entirety of 2019. Since my Studio 52 project last year was Black & White, I really wanted lots of colour for this year. My project is based entirely on the colour wheel and how colours relate to each other, and was planned out entirely by throwing two dice 52 times and recording what came up. One die had six gesso colours written on it, and the other had six colour colour relationships on it. For example, when I threw the dice for Week 2, the result was Violet and Analgous. That meant that the Week 2 painting used violet gesso, and then was done with blue-violet, violet, and red-violet. What made it really interesting is that the whole project's subject theme is horses. So Week 2 is a purple horse! I put a call out onto a Facebook site of horse owners, asking for "Horse Models" and to date, March 9, 2019, have received more than 285 photos! You can follow this project on Facebook @Studio52Project.
Being so focused on colours, for my Sketchbook project I decided to do some random colour mixings. I put all of my Derwent Watercolour Pencils in a pile, pulled out three at a time randomly without looking, and then mixed each set of three together on a small colour wheel. Some of the new mixes were really beautiful, some not so much, but each little colour wheel had it's own theme going and could definitely be used as a limited palette for a painting. It was a very liberating little project because the outcome was totally out of my hands as to which colour mixes would work and which might not.
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