Sweet Dreams

 Sweet Dreams

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Here is the progression of the piece that I have most recently completed – and it’s a BIG one! 18 x 24!

 I chose to use this image of my Doberman, Fenn, for concentration piece #4 because I have always loved the composition and the movement of it – he was just 12 weeks old at the time!  What a sweetie-pup!

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This piece was a study in Color Relationships, so the first thing that my students and I had to do was to divide our drawings into 12 panels and – following the rules of the color wheel – to chose which colors we would use to represent the following color families: primary, secondary, tertiary, complementary, split complementary, diads, triads, tetrads, warm colors, cool colors, and two panels for the neutrals (not necessarily in that order).

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I wanted a rough idea of what my finished drawing could look like, so I did a miniature version on copy paper with Crayola markers.

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I chose Blue-Green and Orange for my Complementary Colors.  Complementary Colors are any two colors on the color wheel, but they must be DIRECTLY across from each other.

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 Complementary Color Panel Complete

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Neutrals include: white, black, grays, and browns

Cool Neutral Panel Complete

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I chose Blue-Green, Red-Orange, and Yellow-Orange for my Split-Complementary Colors.  Split Complementary Colors follow in the same idea as Complementary Colors, except that a split complement includes THREE colors: one color plus the colors on either side of its complement.

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 Split-Complementary Panel Complete

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 Warm Neutral Panel Complete

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I must admit that I am a lover of earthy, neutral colors…so I did a lot of whining as I was laying down the bright Canary Yellow for my Primary Color panel – just ask my kids!  The Primary Colors are: red, blue, and yellow.

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 Primary Color Panel Complete

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The Tertiary Colors are Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Red-Violet and Blue-Violet.  This is the color base for the Tertiary Panel.

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The Secondary Colors are: orange, green, and purple.  In this image, both the Tertiary and Secondary Color Panels have been completed.  You can also see the 4×6 photograph of my boy, Fenn – it really puts the size of this particular piece into perspective!

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Warm Color Panel Complete!  All variations of red, orange, and yellow are considered warm colors.  Red-violet and yellow-green can also be considered warm colors.

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Triads Color Panel Complete!  Triads are any three colors that are evenly spaced on the Color Wheel.

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Cool Color Panel Complete!  All variations of green, blue, and purple are considered cool colors.  Red-violet and yellow-green can also be considered cool colors.

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Tetrads Color Panel Complete!  A “tetrad” is a contrast of any four colors.

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Last, but not least, is the Diads Color Panel!  Diads are any two colors evenly spaced on the Color Wheel.

HIGH SCHOOL PIECES:

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Concentration: Cartooning and Anime

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Concentration: Volcanoes

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Concentration: Modern Weaponry

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Concentration: Butterflies

Some of their projects are still under construction, so I will post some more photographs later on! Enjoy!

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