The Swedish artist Anders Zorn was famous for his limited palette. It is reported that he used only three colors for most of his works — yellow ochre, vermillion and ivory black.
The result of this combination were some quite harmonious paintings. This particular limited palette was said to be ideal for painting the human figure.
The reason Zorn’s painting seem so harmonious is because he adds all three colors to most of the mixtures. When painting something yellow, for example, a small amount of both red and black is added to the mixture. The same is done for other color combinations.
Recently I tried these colors and painted the still life shown here. It turned out to be quite a challenge.
James Kielland, a photographer from Kent, is working with us to take some new shots of the Atelier this year. This is the entrance to the Madison Studio on the third floor of Gage Academy of Fine Art.
Students resting during lunch.
Afternoon studio work.
Morning life room work......: Read More
In gratitude for all the help we received creating our upcoming book and video: Lessons in Classical Drawing Handbook (to be released by Watson-Guptill, NY in November of 2011), a grand party was thrown. Merriment, delicious food, and wine were had by all. While this image comes close to capturing the laughter and merriment , the actual event was all the more heart-warming. Without the kindness and help of so many people it would have been impossible to complete these projects. It brings to mind the famous Margaret Mead quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.".....: Read More
My Color Theory
© Keith Ferris 2011
B-17 Mural Nose, right, illustrates the receding color and value with distance.
In my sixty-four year career, I have used ink line, lamp black and water, premixed grays, water
color, gouache and finally oils on canvas, which I very much prefer today. The evolution through
those materials paralleled the nature of clients and their advertising and printing requirements.
Without benefit of an art education, mine was on-the-job training approach with my learning
curve a natural progression from line, to black and white tonal illustration, to two-color
illustration and finally to full color art.
Larine Chung, a beloved graduate of the Classical Atelier program, opened a solo show at the Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle. Larine's work has a playful creativity that disguises the labor that went into its creation.
Larine said about the work, "In this trompe l'oeil series, I wanted to explore the relationship between reality and illusion. Everything we see and perceive as reality is a function of our vision combined with our mind's active construction. Everybody see things a little differently and understands their surroundings in a personal way. ".....: Read More