Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Great Studio Migration!

 

My new studio! © 2016 Amy Funderburk All Rights Reserved

My new studio!
© 2016 Amy Funderburk
All Rights Reserved

Things have been happening very quickly for me lately! After diving down Alice’s rabbit hole and following a proverbial trail of divine, gluten-free bread crumbs, what is the exciting end result?

I won’t keep you in suspense any longer: September 22nd will be my last day at my current downtown studio location. 

As of that date, I will be moving to a gorgeous new space that can only be called…well, sexy! Take a look at the photographs above, and you’ll see what I mean. And I will even have a lovely view of trees outside the windows, as opposed to my current view of a brick wall. The natural light in this space is phenomenal. 

Not much says “Amy Funderburk” more than that painted floor. Some splashes of my ubiquitous purple and some additional lighting, and I’ll be off to the races.  

For those of you who are familiar with Winston-Salem, my new studio will be located in the historic West End Mill Works community, in the cobalt blue building at 915 Bridge Street. I am delighted to be joining this thriving area, home to a variety of creatives and businesses, including The Breathing Room Yoga Studio and The Olio Glassblowing Studio.

Once I get settled in, I look forward to hosting some sort of Open “Studio Warming” Event to show off my new space. When you visit, you will find ample off-street parking here too, another asset of this move.

And if you don’t want to keep calling it Sexy, you can call it Studio 111.

Stay tuned to future newsletters for details!

My new Studio in the West End Mill Works community Winston-Salem, NC © 2016 Amy Funderburk All Rights Reserved

My new Studio in the West End Mill Works community, Winston-Salem, NC
© 2016 Amy Funderburk
All Rights Reserved

Posted in The Artist's Studio

Complementary, My Dear Watson!

Still Life for Mastering Color workshop, August 27-28, 2016 Lit by green gel to show red shadows © 2016 Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved

Still Life for Mastering Color workshop, August 27-28, 2016
Lit by green gel to show red shadows
© 2016 Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved

In this Still Life, what colors do you see?

If you aren’t familiar with the Color Wheel, in essence, it is a system of organizing the colors of the rainbow by placing them in a circle that flows from one color into the next. Red and yellow make orange, so red flows into orange which in turn moves into yellow. Yellow and blue create green, so yellow melds into green, which flows into blue, and so on. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet move around the Wheel, then violet connects back to red.

The way colors combine with other colors on the Color Wheel, interacting with our eye to create certain optical effects and emotional reactions, are called color schemes.

For my recent Mastering Color workshop, after setting up these objects, I lit them with a spotlight covered with a green theatrical lighting gel to demonstrate how a color will create natural shadows of its complementary color. Complementary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel — in this case, green and red.

Look in the shadows cast by the objects in this still life. Once my angled green light hit the objects, the shadows appeared dramatically redder.  The complements look for one another.

They also neutralize each other when mixed, and look for one another. This is the most dramatic of color schemes, and provides the highest color contrast. As artist Marc Chagall said, All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”

Claude Monet knew this when he painted his wife and son in Camille and Jean on a Hill — or any number of other works, for that matter. He did not hesitate to daub red within the dramatic cast shadow in the green grass, rather than simply relying on a darker green. This results in a lively, rich shadow.

The other main pairs of complements are yellow and violet and blue and orange. Start looking around you!

The Report on Mastering Color

On the weekend of August 27-28th, I hosted the Mastering Color workshop at my studio, and was thrilled with the color scheme projects created by the participants.

We explored the nuances of that most emotionally evocative of elements with the help of the Color Wheel, and examined some of the reasons behind our physiological and psychological reactions to color. The participants’ enthusiasm was infectious!

Many thanks to all those who attended! If you missed it, I hope you can join me the next time I offer the workshop.

All the best, and Namaste,

Amy

August 27-28, 2016 © 2016 James C. Williams, All Rights Reserved

Mixing demonstration in watercolor, Mastering Color workshop with Amy Funderburk August 27-28, 2016
© 2016 James C. Williams, All Rights Reserved

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