Color theory, and taking it easy

It’s been a week for taking it easy. I had the flu a week or three back and I’m still in slow mode! And in the last couple of days I have been completely engrossed in following Hurricane Irene‘s path. Why? My sister Ailsa and her husband Jim are in New York City at the moment, near Jamaica Bay – right in the surge path. Apparently it is back down to a Category 1 now, so only a bit stronger than a Tropical Storm, but still dangerous. Stay safe guys…

Hurricane Irene

So what have I been doing, art-wise, this week? I’ve been watching Acrylics the watercolor way: Stephen Quiller paints a landscape, published by North Light. The way in which Stephen paints, and what he paints, is very, very different to what I do. But that doesn’t matter to me. What he does with color, and the way he explains it, is endlessly fascinating to me. Each time I watch this video a little more of his color theory settles deep in my brain, becoming part of the knowledge that I can call on without even knowing I am doing it. Ingrained, is how I think of it.

Watching Stephen use violet, orange and white is utter magic. Got an hour to spare and could use some inspiration? I thoroughly recommend popping this into the computer and enjoying the show.

2 thoughts on “Color theory, and taking it easy

  1. Sorry you are feeling rough still, but the ideal time to revisit this DVD by the sound of things. I’m very tempted to add it to my collection, but it isn’t available from Amazon UK which implies that it might not be compatible.

    Thanks for sharing. Maybe I’ll take a look at one of his books first, I see there is one on acrylics too.

    Feel better soon


  2. Steven Quiller makes painting almost a performance. I love his courage. But when I was inspired by his work, I sliced through form without sensitivity. That is the way I reacted no diminshment to Quiller’s paintings. At this moment I am digesting J.M.W. Turner. He said somethig like painting is a kin to poetry because of color can express emotion. A couple of weeks ago I visited The Tate British and made a bee line to the Turner interactive exhibit designed for painters and school children. It was the only museum in London that I enjoyed without a crowd, I think because I went in the door for school bus tours and was there before the crowd who entered from the main doors and had to walk through the galleries between buildings. I had close looks at his sketch books and copy of Goethe’s Theory of Colours. It was great fun to copy one of Turner’s drawings and hang it on he nails provided. I am now reliving the experience by reading Michael Bockemuhl’s “Turner”. The reproductions are printed with too much black. His colors are more varied in the dark areas. In conclusion I feel Quiller’s architectural forms are brought out of a field of color in the same order of development as in Turner’s later works. I think I remember Quiller listing Turner as one of the artists he most admires.


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