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Painting at The Hope Center -week 2


Week 2 of the Hope Center painting project was truly a community effort.

This week we added mixed media to the project as participants employed oil pastels into their image.

Oil pastel (also called wax oil crayon) is a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons. Unlike “soft” or “French” pastel sticks, which are made with a gum or methyl cellulose binder, oil pastels consist of pigment mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder.

The surface of an oil pastel painting is therefore less powdery, but more difficult to protect with a fixative. Oil pastels provide a harder edge than “soft” or “French” pastels but are more difficult to blend.

Tape was again used to create straight edges and to preserve colors and areas that were previously painted.

To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive. -Matthew Arnold

Letters and words were incorporated into the images this week to give a sense of direction, shape and form to the expression being created.

Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells. -Teresa Amabile

Creative cooperation was a big part of this evening’s effort as everyone learned to aid each other in a community effort.

Sometimes the best part is just getting some paint on one’s hands.

Painting allows us to experience the joy and wonder of the creative journey.

As you can see it was a productive evening of painting.  I hope you will join us next week to see how the journey continues or will buy a painting at the upcoming auction on May 12, 2012.

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Painting at The Hope Center


The Art Junction began a collaborative project with the Willard Hope Center this past week.

The Art Junction was asked to help the Hope Center create some original paintings to be auctioned off for their upcoming benefit.

The participants were given some basic instructions on design and color as they began to embark upon their creative journey.

After choosing a base color and masking off some lines to help define the shape of their creative expression, everyone jumped into the process of art-making.

Acrylic paint is fast drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion.

Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry.

Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water) or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

After covering their canvas with a layer of paint the next step was to remove the masking tape.

Masking tape is a type of pressure sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure sensitive adhesive. Very clean lines can be produced by employing it; without it, the paint bleeds under the edges of the tape, producing a fuzzy or varied line.

Black paint was then mixed with the base color to create a shade of the base color.

In color theory, a shade is the mixture of a color with black, which reduces lightness. Mixing a color with any neutral color, including black and white, reduces the chroma, or colorfulness, while the hue remains unchanged.

The shade was added to the unpainted masked areas on the canvas.

A free, loose line was created by this process, leaving the canvas covered with its first layer of paint and design.

The paintings have been set aside to dry and await next week’s Hopeful painting session of creative expression.

I hope you will stop by the Art Junction’s blog to see the progress in this creative journey!