Color is always a great topic: Sometime soon

“It is not enough to place colors, however beautiful, one beside the other; colors must also react on one another. Otherwise, you have cacophony”.         “When I put a green, it it not grass. When I put a blue, it is not the sky.”                                                                                    Henri Matisse

                     Koment, from the cover of EncausticWorks12
At the heart of working with encaustic wax, for me, is COLOR, the wonderful range of glazing possibilities. Using transparent layers of various colors to create new colors, understanding how to achieve beautiful affects with a full palette of color, whether it is soft or vibrant. Color is our most magic tool for conveying an emotional state. For me, it is at the essence of what I do as an artist. I think in color first. Whether you do or not, it is an important part of your process to learn and understand.
And here are a few of my paintings that were in my show "The Mystery of Color", at Aurelia Gallery, 414 Canyon Road, Santa Fe:

"Red Sings my Song", 20"x20" encaustic on panel

"Coral Undertones" 18"x18" encaustic on panel

"Cabaret Rhythms", 20"x20" encaustic on panel

We will talk about mixing our colors, whether from commercial paints , dry pigments, or oil paints. Getting them to the place where they will do all that they can do. Where we can glaze, whether by brush or pouring, to create a harmonious and beautiful color experience.

We will consider what glazing can do for us, and how to achieve beautiful glaze affects.

And how to most effectively apply the paints to achieve our goals, whether by small pours or brushing.

Create a multi layered paintings in a variety of ways.. Using transparent layers,  with a variety of marks to help separate them, to help give them depth and beauty. Understanding that color is all about relationships. How colors affect each other, and what happens when they overlap each other.

Ellen Koment taught Color Theory at the College level for many years. 


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