Thursday, March 19, 2009
Four different students
As one component of their final project, I had my first year painting students copy a page from Faber Birren's Creative Color. Although it is not the same as painting from life, I thought the exercise incorporated many valuable challenges: Transparency, Texture, Highlights, Shadows, Luminosity, Iridescence, Trompe-l'œil, etc. I've never actually read the book and only began collecting these sorts of publications out of some sort of kitchy irony. Lately, however, I have been discovering little gems buried in them. From Creative Color's forward: "Human perception is a fascinating area of study for the simple reason that it is related to the firsthand experience of everyone. It is not something apart from life, but intimately tied in with it. Thus everyone has access to the laboratory of his own consciousness. The way may not be too easy, but at least it is personal and not remote." Alas, imagine my disappointment, when only four students finished.
Zoom and bloom with Steven LaRose