Thursday, October 05, 2006

Paint by numbers

I'm taking an intro to painting class at the local community college. This week, we were allowed to use only two colors. Black and white. We practiced tinting and shading. And we got a whole vocabulary list. We don't have to learn it all, but some of us now know the definition of tinting and shading. At somepoint in the end, a few of us rebelled and used a tone (i.e. not black or white). I chose blue. The other person in the class (other than me) who also knew nothing about painting chose red. What I learned, was that when you shade blue, it looks like a bruise. And it's easier to tint blue than it is to tint black. I'm not really sure how that is or why it is, and the teacher didn't try to explain it. Of course, unless she's a mind reader, she wouldn't have known that I was curious about that, since I didn't actually ask her.

She told us that next week we're going to be painting a one-tone (plus black and white) still life. And she says that it involves drawing before you paint. I can't draw. And she didn't laugh when I asked if that meant it would be ok if it was a more abstract rendering.

Did I mention that she gave us homework?!

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