Can you have too much color?

Good morning my darlings! 

Recently my son, Declan Konesky, also a painter, has been coming for play dates at The Hutch once a week. I really enjoy the company and the creative conversation. There’s a scene in an Art21 episode about Elizabeth Murray in which her daughters visit her in her studio and they talk design and composition. I loved that interaction of parent/child and it tickles me that my own life plays out like that. 

One of the topics Declan and I have been pursuing are new workshop ideas. He’s formulating his own workshop plan centered around basic principles of color theory and expressive modern painting. Here’s an example of his style. 

Proud mom moment:-) 36×36

I’ve been wanting to do another mixed media painting workshop myself and focus more on composition. Personally I can fall into the trap of ‘more color’ when a painting isn’t going well rather than looking at better use of light vs dark and honing in a composition that way. 

So my idea for a workshop is to eliminate color and only use ‘black’ and ‘white’. Still play with all of the sexy supplies and art making materials but limit the use of color and force the use darks vs lights. I started experimenting on my own piece and haven’t gotten too far. I’d like to work on this piece further but have been out of town for a few days. I’ll revisit this idea next week when I return to work. Meanwhile, what do you think of working solely in black and white to hone your skills? Are you game?

Let me know! -staci XOXO 

Work in progress. Needs collage. Tar paper?

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