Learn About The Artist’s Palette

Learn About The Artist’s Palette

Learn About the Artist’s Palette

"Summer Storm II" ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on Paper, 22x30"

“Summer Storm II” ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on Paper, 22×30″

Join me from 12-3pm on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery. You’ll have a chance to meet and visit with 4 artists: Chris Bibby, Chuck Bloom, Rachel Wolf and me.

You’ll also get to explore different wines by Chehalem Vineyards to excite your palate.

Two palettes or palates in one day! (*grins*)

I have decided to talk about my color palette… something that remains fairly consistent between the different mediums I work in: Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic. Each artists palette is as individual as a snowflake. I’ll discuss some of my favorite hues and how I use them.

One thing non-artists may not know is that in each medium, the relative properties of a pigment remain fairly consistent. For instance, Cadmium Red is an opaque (can’t see through it) pigment in watercolor, acrylic and in oil paint. Pigments can be classified as transparent, semi-transparent or opaque. They can also be synthetic or organic, staining or non-staining, pure or neutral… You’ll hear me throwing a lot of these terms around when I discuss the pigments.

I’ll also talk about choosing a mixing surface for each medium. Watercolorists often refer to this mixing surface as a palette, so it can get confusing! Throw in the palate you use to taste food and wine, and a person could get lost in the terminology. Fortunately, both color and wine provide subtle and unlimited variations of bliss.

I will bring some new work, too, so come downtown and check it out! I’m including a handy map, so you can easily navigate, and parking isn’t usually a problem in this area. I hope to see you there!

The gallery is located on SW 10th Ave at Jefferson Street, Portland, Oregon. 503-224-0674

Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly

"Learning to Fly" © Ruth Armitage 2013 Transparent Watercolor 21x30"

“Learning to Fly” © Ruth Armitage 2013 Transparent Watercolor 21×30″

Read more about the evolution of this painting here.

Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey

"Tupelo Honey" ©Ruth Armitage 2013, Acrylic on Yupo 20"x28"

“Tupelo Honey” ©Ruth Armitage 2013, Acrylic on Yupo 20″x28″

 

I had another blog post all ready to go, but I’ve been updating the featured images on my home page and realized that I don’t think I’ve posted this painting yet! My other post was waiting for a new image of a work in progress, so this one gets to go first. I’ve been working on leaving more calligraphic marks in my paintings, and this one in particular is one of my favorites. The circular stencil came from a frozen meal that used a steamer basket for rice and veggies. I cut out the motif from the bottom of the tray and used it as a stencil. Neat pattern!

The image focuses in on the bottom land of my parent’s farm. I used a hand carved, grass-like stamp to represent the grass-seed field.

Summer Storm

Summer Storm

"Summer Storm" ©Ruth Armitage 2013 Acrylic on Yupo 20x28"

“Summer Storm” ©Ruth Armitage 2013 Acrylic on Yupo 20×28″ SOLD

Read more about the evolution of this painting here.

River Bottom

River Bottom

"River Bottom" Acrylic on Paper ©Ruth Armitage 22"x30"

“River Bottom” Acrylic on Paper ©Ruth Armitage 22″x30″

Read more about the evolution of this painting here.

 

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