A quiet sanctuary with incense in the air and monks in the garden. The bright colors in the temple decorations and offerings were a feast for the eyes. What a lovely place for worship and contemplation.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A gray day for mixing grays! We did a special on "grayed color" today and spent some time experimenting with mixing beautiful gray colors on the palette and on the paper. I found I had the most success by mixing primaries on the palette to make a neutral gray, putting that on my paper and then adding a little pure color (more red, or blue etc) to liven it up. Like our "mixing greens" special it made you think more carefully when you were painting about exactly what colors you wanted to use, rather than dabbing randomly into the palette and hoping for the best! I rediscovered Ultramarine Blue, and Raw Sienna, which I haven't used in a while! Having no green or purple in my palette I worked harder to get the complementary mixes for gray, but it was a lot of fun seeing the color mixes other people got.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|Jose Higuera Adobe, Milpitas|
This is a great little place that has a history going back to the Spanish in the early 1800's. The trees and cacti are historic, allegedly planted in the 1830's. There are some cattle usually roaming around the hillsides and on the day we were there some turkeys were struttin' their stuff in the grounds.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Here are my sketches from a recent trip to Kyoto, Japan.
These three sketches were done at the Heian Jingu Shrine. When I sat to paint the covered bridge above lots of Japanese ladies kept stopping to see what I was doing. I didn't understand much of what they said, but they were all very friendly and admired my sketchbook.
|Heian Garden - less is more|
|Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto. The roof were very complex. The dragon is a water fountain.|
|Heian Garden covered bridge|