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Thinking About Color

“I just start painting very excitedly and the last thing I think about is my palette. Most of the time, composition keep me so busy I completely forget about color.” “I feel like an outsider during visits to the art store. I must be the only person in the universe that does not know what colors to buy!” “My palette is so garish. Everything looks fine in the beginning but when I finish I see my colors are too bright for my taste.” Color is one of the dimensions of design that seems the most inscrutable. While almost everyone can appreciate size, texture and contrast, color perception is highly individual. To complicate matters, as humans we have developed a series of terms to discuss color that vary enormously from person to person. Then there’s col...Read More

Plein Air Sundays Session 8

Topic The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter. Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park, but the lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd. The exact GPS Coordinates are 37.89700°N / 122.25359°W If coming from Richmond, el Cerrito, Berkeley or Albany: Go to the intersection of Arlington Blvd and Boynton St. Get on Boynton, go uphill until you see Colorado Ave. Continue going uphill until you hit Michigan Ave, then Spruce. Turn left on Spruce. You’ll cross Grissly Peak later, and find yourself on Wildcat Canyon Rd. Go on Wildcat until you see a Lake Anza sign pointing to your left. You will get to the multiple intersection, and take the one that seems to go in the opposite direction, which should be Lake Anza Rd. We’ll meet at the v...Read More

Plein Air Sundays Session 6

Topic The role of values in a landscape Directions to the Tilden Botanical Garden From 80, Take the Buchanan exit and proceed up the street to Marin Ave. Go up the steep Marin until you get to Grizzly Peak, then make a left on Shasta Rd. You’ll now be inside Tilden Park. Pass the signs to the Brazilian Room. Turn left onto Shasta Rd. Then turn right into Wildcat Canyon. Follow the signs to the Parking lot. We will meet there.

Plein Air Sundays Session 5

Topic Determining a focal point. Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park, but the lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd. The exact GPS Coordinates are 37.89700°N / 122.25359°W If coming from Richmond, el Cerrito, Berkeley or Albany: Go to the intersection of Arlington Blvd and Boynton St. Get on Boynton, go uphill until you see Colorado Ave. Continue going uphill until you hit Michigan Ave, then Spruce. Turn left on Spruce. You’ll cross Grissly Peak later, and find yourself on Wildcat Canyon Rd. Go on Wildcat until you see a Lake Anza sign pointing to your left. You will get to the multiple intersection, and take the one that seems to go in the opposite direction, which should be Lake Anza Rd. We’ll meet at the very last parking lot. If...Read More

Plein Air Sundays Session 4

Topic Selecting pigments for a Bay Area landscape. Limited palettes. Directions to the Tilden Botanical Garden From 80, Take the Buchanan exit and proceed up the street to Marin Ave. Go up the steep Marin until you get to Grizzly Peak, then make a left on Shasta Rd. You’ll now be inside Tilden Park. Pass the signs to the Brazilian Room. Turn left onto Shasta Rd. Then turn right into Wildcat Canyon. Follow the signs to the Parking lot. We will meet there.

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