Sunday, June 24, 2012

Experience color

Dew Drop In
Original oil Painting  16x20"
by Susan Roux


It's one of the most fascinating things about painting. It can lead the eye through a specific journey on your canvas. It can create an ambiance. It can define distance and space. It can imitate sunshine and shade. It can scream or whisper. It can be playful and exciting or it can be bland.

As artists we get to control the roll it takes in our work. 

It takes a long time to understand color. There's so much to learn because it's a very complex subject. A color used incorrectly can stand out like a sore thumb. One single stroke out of place and suddenly it changes everything. The value (light or dark) of a color must be correct along with how concentrated or neutralized (grayed) it is. 

Learning to embrace the grays will add richness to your colors and your work. There's emotion in those mud puddles on grayed color. The trick is to know how to use it correctly and be in control of it. 

Understanding the properties of color enables you to take control. At times you've probably heard or read about certain concepts but have had difficulty wrapping your brain around them. Trying to paint with a particular focus in mind that you don't totally understand can be frustrating. So much so, that it can throw you into painter's block! That happens when you begin to be aware of a concept but don't totally understand it, yet try to implement it into your work. 

Simplifying things and learning them one step at a time can be your detour around that painter's block. Trying to push too much information into your brain at once only confuses. Having time to try new things, experiment with them, helps the mind grasp the concept. Not only is it something you hear or read, it is also something you try.

This will be the goal in my upcoming workshop, held August 10, 11, 12. 

I've been teaching for over 10 years. I teach to beginners and if I've learned anything over all this time it's how to explain things in the simplest way possible! So if you've been painting awhile and do pretty well but would like to learn more on the subject of color, my workshop is for you. I'm limiting class size to ten students so each one will get individualized attention.  

Come play with color. Come take the fear out of it and place yourself in control. All levels are welcomed. If you're interested or think you might be interested, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be happy to help you with your lodging needs as well. 

Maine is beautiful in August. You can begin your holiday with a three day workshop to get you primed and stimulated then continue on to practice your lessons in the lush coastal setting that is Maine.

The above painting Dew Drop In is exhibited at The Wright Gallery, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Please contact Charlie if you're interested in purchasing it. Thank you.


  1. Des lupins qui dansent bien... On peut sentir la brise qui souffle...
    Ils sont un merveilleux rideau de couleurs qui cache derrière lui de charmantes petites maisons...
    Une très belle harmonie.
    Je te fais de gros bisous ma chère et j'espère que beaucoup d'entre vous participeront à ses ateliers.

  2. Susan, Your workshop coming up will be a wonderful treat for all who can attend. Your teaching abilities to create fine art along with your beautiful paintings are outstanding!!

  3. And the color in this piece just vibrates with energy and beauty! You obviously have a very masterful understanding of the properties of color and how they affect the eye and the emotions.

  4. GORGEOUS colors ...I love this painting, well done, as always!!!

  5. Love the grays and I struggle to keep them in my larger works. Beautiful painting!

  6. Beautiful rich gorgeous colours, following!

  7. Marvellous to see that you are still producing such beautiful work and writing inspiring blogs.


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