Something a little different

Last semester I took my very first oil painting class. This semester I wanted to take the next level of painting, so I signed up for painting 2. I showed up the first day of class and discovered it was a class for non-majors and was basically an beginner level art class. I should probably still consider myself a beginner, but I certainly was not a non-major…I’m a senior in the art department for crying out loud. Anyway, I went home and looked at why I would have possibly signed up for that class and realized that it was a 200-level class, which I needed for graduation. So I had to stay in it. It’s actually turned out to be a good thing because it’s more low key than most art classes I’ve taken, and I need all the low key I can get.

The first assignment for this class was an abstract, which I was really excited for since I’ve never painted non-objectively before. The basis of the assignment was draw a bunch of shapes on your canvas. Then we each had to pick a color and use that color’s opposite AND black and white to make gradual changes from the pure color to completely gray. Then we used all these mixed colors to fill in the shapes on our canvas. Thrilling, I know. The other part of the assignment was to somewhere include in your painting the two in-between colors next to the opposite of the color you’d chosen. Yeah, and it was more confusing when the teacher tried to explain it. Let me just show you.

See, in this first one my color was blue…duh. Then I used black and white to gray down the blue, and used orange (the opposite of blue) to gray it down as well. And since yellow and red are next to orange on the color wheel, we had to mix those with the orange to make yellow-orange and red-orange and then put those two colors somewhere in the painting. See? Whew.

This green one is the same assignment but we had to pick a different color.

Well, what do you think of my very first abstracts?

  • Well, I’m confused! But your picture looks like you got it! Impresses me 🙂

  • I’m glad I didn’t have to take any art classes at BYU – there is no such thing as a “low key art class” in my book.

  • Pretty cool, but extremely confusing! Glad you understood it, I’d need a translator just to figure out what in the world I was doing. I really liked your abstracts! Great job!