Where Nature Meets The Divine: Push and Pull the Picture Plane

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Video: 08_pushandpullthepictureplane.mp4] It’s time to relax. Put away the reference photos. Have fun with the design. What should we emphasize or deemphasize in our design? Do you feel like reinforcing the eye paths? Or abandoning them? Use sandpaper, a palette knife, or other tools to make interesting marks. Use your intuition to solve problems or to make an area flourish. Use warm colors, high contrast, and hard edges to bring objects forward in the picture plane. Use cool colors, …

Where Nature Meets The Divine: Refining Values and Structure

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Video: 07_refiningvaluesandstructure.mp4] The trick here is to separate two things: value and temperature. They usually go hand in hand. But we want to retain our temperatures—the temperatures we captured from the live model–while simultaneously making changes to our lights and darks. We’re going to use photos of the model from lesson eight to help us. Spend as much time on this part of the process as you need. Don’t worry if it takes longer than you expected. It’s worth …

Where Nature Meets The Divine: Nature, Designed

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Video: 06_naturedesigned.mp4] Continuing to learn from nature, we’ll bring photos of trees and branches into the studio. Alternately, please feel encouraged to take your easel out into nature and paint from life! One thing to remember—we’re not necessarily copying nature in our background. We’re picking and choosing elements that lead the eye gracefully through the composition.

Where Nature Meets The Divine: Painting Temperatures With a Live Model

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Video: 05_temperaturesoflife.mp4] This is where the physical comes into play–where we learn from nature. We’re going to paint from a live model, noticing especially the subtle temperature shifts in her skin tones. We want to accentuate those temperature shifts in our painting. Before the model leaves the studio, we’ll want to snap a few photographs for future reference.

Where Nature Meets The Divine: Glazing Medium

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Photo: WNMTDglazing.jpg] Pictured in the photo: the ingredients of the glazing medium I use. A glaze is a thin transparent or semi-transparent layer on a painting, which modifies the appearance of the underlying paint layer. We often use glazes to unify a painting, to make it glow, to make the surface rich and juicy, to tint and even darken a painting. The glazing medium itself is usually clear. Add a little bit of oil paint to tint the underlying …

Where Nature Meets The Divine: Gold Leaf

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Video: 04_goldleaf.mp4] This is pure, plain fun. Let’s add gold leaf to our painting. The leaf will float away in a gentle breeze, if you let it.

Where Nature Meets The Divine: From Sketch to Painting

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Video: 03_fromsketchtopainting.mp4] How many masterpieces are born in a sketchbook and never make it out to see the light of day? Let’s take our sketch out into the world by enlarging it and beginning a full scale painting.

Where Nature Meets The Divine: Designing from Imagination

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

[Insert Video: 01_imaginethedesign.mp4] It’s been said that the physical and the spiritual, when combined, make the soul. Let’s begin with the spiritual, by creating compositions using the imagination. We’ll create with the end in mind. Where will our paintings lead the viewer?

Playing With Fire: Visually Interpret Other Poets and Writers

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

I invite you to either interpret a few poems alongside me, or choose your own poets/poems to visually interpret through collage, ink, or paint. Who might you choose? I am hoping someone decides to paint the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins or Mary Oliver. We are going to begin with the sweetest poem by ee cummings entitled “I Carry Your Heart With Me.” Warning: You may want to have some kleenex handy for this one. Carry on!

Playing With Fire: Bonus Content

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

Tools for Self Assessment I want you to have a way to objectively evaluate your work in this class. In many art classes, we often hear, “Silence your inner critic.” Or, “If you love it, that is all that matters.” Or, “If it speaks to you, then it is good.” While that is fine, and it is all true if we are making art for our own private reasons; when we decide it is time to share our work in …

Playing With Fire: Thank You

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

    There are no words to tell you what this journey of poetry and paint has meant to me. Making this course and sharing it with you has marked the manifestation of a creative recovery that took the entirety of 2018! In January 2018, I experienced a very difficult series of circumstances that precipitated a year of prayer and of finding my way back to my creative fire. I can tell you for sure that were it not for …

Playing With Fire: The Simplest Portable Paint Palette

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

In my imagination, at some point in this course each of you grabs a book by your favorite poet, and your art bag, and goes off to do some sketching and painting. I did it so many times, as I was writing “Playing With Fire”. As promised, back when we did our “poetic self portrait”, here is a fun video on how to make your self portrait over into the easiest, simplest portable paint palette you (may) have seen yet! …

Playing With Fire: The Road Not Taken

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning …

Playing With Fire: Nothing Gold Can Stay, R. Frost

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

Robert Frost: Nothing Gold Can Stay Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

Playing With Fire: Story Boarding and Collage | ee cummings

In by Noelle Mena (Team JO)

ee cummings: i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root …