I believe that color is the only reason that I was drawn into art. I remember at a very young age cutting out pictures of jewel toned gems on paper and pasting them onto a golden paper crown, salivating. Not drooling, just responding to something that really drenched my psyche with deep, creative bliss.
Over the years I have lived a creative life, have taken art classes in high school, and graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography. But really, color didn’t play a tremendous role just yet.
When my daughters were in school, I took a few classes from The Secret Garden in Kenwood, and learned about tole painting on boxes. The moment I started moving the red paint around, painting those little red strawberries, I was hooked. Again, salivating. I painted a few boxes, lots of fruit and a Santa Claus. I was certain that I was destined for something much more significant and seriously went about the process of learning how to paint, and I wanted to paint well.
After taking many classes from SRJC Art Department and loving every minute of it, I sought out a painting instructor under whom I could study. Susan Sarback is a master painter and colorist who paints in the lineage of Monet. After ten years, I learned everything I needed to know about color from her. She also opened my eyes to the color theory of Josef Albers, and between the two, I became very competent in the mastery of color.
When I am painting I am actively looking into color, and it feeds me. Over time I have been curious how and why it speaks to me so deeply and wonder if I am just one lone, color geek. I doubt it, since it is a key ingredient in the field of design.
Here’s What Color Has Taught Me About Myself:
We are all born with a unique blend of attributes, strengths and sensitivities. How fortunate we are when we can see the subtle beauty that lies beneath the obvious, and cultivate an inner oasis of innovation and creativity.
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