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Every color, every person has Value.

Colors are like people, all have a place in the universe. Each one is unique and important in its own way, and some are vital to what you are creating. They all have a value and understanding their relationship is step 1 in what I teach through painting.

A good composition, like a happy life has a lot to do with BALANCE.

So much of what we love shapes us. I believe the energy of an artist is transferred into the work itself… therefore we can study it and learn personal life lessons each time we create something new on canvas.

COLORS are the same as people.
All are different, some are brilliant, others calming, yet all are vital to a great work of art and rewarding life.

For example: You look at a person and say to yourself “that’s beautiful, I love that one” or “ that one is boring, dull, ugly or useless.

However when you paint, you’ll need to draw the eye toward a certain key area on the canvas. Often you’ll find yourself relying on those “unappreciated ” colors because they’re the ones that help other colors pop.

The same applies to life. Not all colors  get the credit they deserve; you have to train your mind to see them differently and teach yourself to appreciate what they have to offer. Some may be the underdogs but very often they are the true heros in a painting. Learn how to identify them, mix and apply them because they help your entire composition.

I am going to teach you how to look at light, shadow and atmosphere and use them to your advantage in painting. Look hard at complimentary colors and learn how they help you make certain areas stand out or recede. Perhaps you’ll begin to look at adversity differently when you realize that we need the darks to understand light.

Its ok to be grey!
We will look at the importance of grey scale, and blocking in the values first. Then we apply these principals to create beautiful paintings and in the process, maybe a new perspective on life. The key is to have fun and enjoy the journey. 

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