Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Color theory, Still life, Rainbow painting project

 My 2 year sabbatical is coming to end. For the upcoming year I'll be offering limited private sessions only. The fall session is full and I do not keep a waiting list. Please just email me later in the fall if you are interested in sessions for winter 2023. 

This summer I offered limited 1-1 sessions, an intensive short summer session in August.  Here's a look at one of our projects.

Acrylic on 12x16 canvas. This project covers so much!!!


Using only primary colors, black and white we mixed secondary colors and tints. We then reviewed complimentary colors, analogous colors, warm colors and cool colors, tints, shades and the color wheel. 


Step 1. We did a few quick sketches using the rule of thirds to establish our composition, or placement of of the objects in the still life before beginning work on the actual canvas.


Step 2. Using colored pencils and the quick sketch as a reference for the placement of the vases, draw the back row first, noticing that all the object are in a line with just a little space in between each vase. Pay attention to the sizes of the vases in relationship to each other, height and width.


Step 3.  Draw the front row, overlapping the back row.  Once again paying attention to their heights and widths in relationship to the other vases. The overlapping sections are where the secondary colors will be painted.


Step 4. Paint the back row with the primary colors. Secondary colors are used to paint the front row. The overlapping sections are where we mix the secondary colors with more of the primary color to create variations. Make sure the violet vase is between the blue and magenta vase. The green vase is between the blue and yellow vase and the orange vases are on the ends because yellow and magenta make orange! Acrylic paints require 2-3 layers. Let each layer dry before adding the second coat. Don't smooth out your brush strokes let them show, thats why its called a painting!


After our first day of painting I realized I didn't allow for ORANGE!!!! so we added a smaller object to either side of our still life! Problem solved thanks to our allowance of negative space.



Step 5. Mix tints to paint the openings of the vases. Always add a small amount of your color to the white paint to create a tint. This will give you much more control over the color as well as the amount of paint you mix. For this project just a small amount of each tint is needed. Notice that the overlapping areas have also changed their tint color to correspond with overlapping complimentary color. The outlines were painted with red mixed with just a bit of black. The background colors are complimentary colors, yellow and violet. We ran out of time but the next step would be shadows. 


I use plastic lids for painting pallets. When mixing colors, keep your piles small, the idea is to paint your canvas not paint your pallet. To clean up spray the dried up paint with water and scrape, peel it off after 10 minutes.


To store acrylic paint for the next day, mist it with water. I place a raised cooling rack with a damp towel on it over the paint and then plastic, covering the whole thing, tucked in on all sides. Or place the actual container on top. This keeps my paint moist for the next day. 



To store acrylic paint for the next day, mist it with water. I place a raised cooling rack with a damp towel on it over the paint and then plastic, covering the whole thing, tucked in on all sides. Or place the actual container on top. This keeps my paint moist for the next day. 

Pay attention to the negative space on the top, bottom and sides of the canvas. The space are similar, giving the objects some room on the canvas but at the same time filling the canvas. We drew with colored pencils so that any lines would become a part of the painting and not show up as pencil lines and distract from the colors.

There is lot of planning and time we required for this project. Allow 5 hours, we did it over the course of 2 days and ran out of time for shadows. I would recommend this project for ages 10 and up.


Don't waste that lovely paint! Grab a little canvas and play. After all those rules, have some fun and use up all the paint with something abstract. It is harder than you think and will be a fun work in progress.

Check out my website ameendhillon and follow me on Instagram @ameendhillonart for whats happening with my own work and exhibitions.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Coffee Art and Relief Printmaking

 One of my favorite still life subjects with students is this little red Bialetti Moka Pot. Not just because it makes the most delicious coffee but it is just so darn cute. This beautiful linocut is by a 5th grade artist!

 

8"x8" edition size of only 20 original prints


A little more carving after the image was proofed.


Ready to print!


Ready to carve!


The finalized drawing. The first step was a series of thumbnail sketches to quickly determine a composition. Then the drawing was developed keeping in mind which areas would be carved away.


This original Linocut Print is an edition size of 20, prints are available for sale $75. with the total amount going directly to the artist, my 5th grade student. Please reach out me at ameen@studio-kids.com for details if you are interesting in purchasing and supporting this very talented young artist.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Private Art classes in Seattle, Watercolor

The last 18 months i have done a deep dive into over 30 years of my own travel photos. Exploring these images as small scale watercolors. Its only natural that this would carry over into my teaching practice once I opened the studio for limited classes. Currently I am full, but feel free to send me an email if you are interested.
Now I just need to remember to take more photos and document the progress.


 Student work! 8x10 watercolor on cold press watercolor paper. We were both thrilled with the finished painting. My student is a high school senior with no previous formal art classes. The project took 5 hours to complete. Patience....


Work in progress, after about 3, 1 hour sessions. Painting takes patience, close observation and learning about the properties of the materials.





The source photo from Leicester, UK.  A lovely passage way to a fabulous tucked away bookshop.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Private Art Classes for Kids in Seattle

 Tiptoeing my way back into classes!

That was fast!!! Private sessions are full for now!!!

One on one classes start with the basics. Drawing with pencil, charcoal and inks students look closely at still life arrangements in the studio. Comparing daily use objects with each other, students are looking closely at size, curves and angles to accurately re-create the arrangement.


We then progress to more detailed studies and look at shadows and high lights.


Quick studies with bamboo in pens and a focus on line quality.


The same subject but with water soluble pencils.


 

Please contact Ameen for more details and scheduling. Private sessions are offered to fully vaccinated students. All materials are provided. $50 per hour.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Decorate with art


Summer/fall 2021, its been so nice to finally be able to visit some of my family and dear friends in beautiful British Columbia. Here's a few highlights of their art collections!!!!
 
 
Acrylic on canvas 20"x20"


From the barber shop series, "Figaro Style", Commercial Drive, Vancouver


"The Roosevelt Hotel", Vancouver....probably NOT where you'll want to stay...


A little pepper....4"x6" watercolor on paper


My personal favorite "Continental Barbers," Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Stone lithograph, Sold out.
I love that my dear friends own this one and that Alan used to get his hair cut here.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Reflections on the Sunset Hill Walking Art Fair

The studio got a deep clean and was transformed into a lovely gallery space last month for the Sunset Hill Walking Art Fair. A huge thank you to all who turned out to make it such a success. It was fun to see some former students and meet some potential students who are so patiently waiting for classes to begin again. I am holding off till at least Jan. 2022 but will continue with updates here. I'l be busy with my own work and exploring new projects for students.



The final touches for the Art Fair.


The main walls even got a fresh coat of paint!


Getting ready....


A stack of over 100 5X7 water colors does not occupy much space. I framed about 25 pieces and matted all the rest and slipped them into 8x10 sleeves. Unframed pieces were spread out on table tops on the patio and in the studio. It was so rewarding to see everything presented!


Deciding what to frame!!!!


From the drawers....



 The studio/gallery is open by appointment. You can contact me through my website www.ameendhillon.com

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Watercolor Family Portraits


One of the surprises of working through my 100 day project has been the family portraits. I didn't set out to paint family portraits but I now have a growing little set! 
I start with a pencil sketch and then either black ink pen or straight to watercolor.  My 100 day project is all 5x7 painting based on my own travel photos from over the years.  Please do check out my website to see them all AmeenDhillon.com and follow me on Instagram @ameendhillonart


Watercolor can be manipulated on the fabrics but faces have to be done very carefully. I usually prefer to capture the gesture and try not to go into detail but occasionally I get carried away. 


Added some more saturation to the colors, the stencil background and shadows.



Thought I was finished but added just a bit more.


  Quick shot of some of the others. 



Three Figures Crossing The Zambezi, My People in Venice, My People in Burano, Lunch Stop Botswana

Lounging at a Cafe in Amman

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