After I last wrote, several weeks went by before my editor picked up my artwork and did the preliminary layout. Stef and I had worked on three books together, but this was the first time we used Dropbox. Way cool. I put all my files into Dropbox, where I had the artists deposit their digital submissions. I gave Stef access to my Dropbox so she could work at her convenience and leave comments, which I then responded to. She brought the designer into the loop and I was able to see the design develop and give my input on that.
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After I last wrote, several weeks went by before my editor picked up my artwork and did the preliminary layout. Stef and I had worked on three books together, but this was the first time we used Dropbox. Way cool. I put all my files into Dropbox, where I had the artists deposit their digital submissions. I gave Stef access to my Dropbox so she could work at her convenience and leave comments, which I then responded to.
She brought the designer into the loop and I was able to see the design develop and give my input on that. Amazon listed September 7 as the release date, so it was a shock when my advance copies arrived early in August, along with three boxes of books to send to my contributing artists. It was pretty wild. Many shouted it out on Facebook. Kudos to these wonderful artists who shared their colorful work with me.
Their works inspire other artists, who see how joyfully and expertly color can be used. All my ducks are in a row, except for two that are missing. They are small illustrations and easily replaceable, but I clearly remember having done them. I search through all my files of past books, both hard copy and digital, to see if I have misplaced them. I decide to make one more pass at my digital files to see if I have scanned them.
This time I decide to take no shortcuts. You know that feeling? I remember doing them. They disappeared without a trace. I was beginning to think my memory was failing me. All better now. Feeling so relieved today. My editor picked up the artwork and notes for my new North Light book, Exploring Color Workshop, which is a 30th anniversary edition of my original Exploring Color.
The hard part is over, unless my editor wants a lot of changes. She will finalize my layout and determine if there is room for all the art I packed onto the pages. If all goes well, we will have an August pub date.
She is a pro and a delight to work with. Stef took a selfie of the two of us when we got together months ago. We even have a favorite deli where we grab lunch before or after conferencing. How fun is that? Lucky me. Meanwhile, waiting for Spring We are so happy to be bringing this book back after a couple of years out of print. We still have lots of work to do, as this is a major revision and update.
Maybe you have dreamed of writing a book and will feel encouraged to give it a shot. Stay tuned! But First-- Two new 3-day workshops coming up this year! Nita Leland Workshops October Contact Pat Haslit. Play with resists, faux textures, mark-making, and other special effects as you practice your watercolor skills. Easy access off I Contact Pat Haslit, jhaslit fuse. Free your creative spirit.
Discover how to access your creativity and capture ideas, images, and quotations in a sketchbook. Try new color and design ideas; experiment with abstraction; play with mixed media, monotype, and basic collage techniques in a fun and friendly atmosphere with helpful critiques and tips on goal-setting.
Based on The New Creative Artist. Jane let snow fall on wet watercolor to make textured backgrounds. She cut the colored papers into squares and attached them to black backgrounds. Jane painted the trees with watercolors.
Today she used this treatment on a redbud tree and it is spectacular! My class is constantly surprising me. Access your creativity in sketches, capturing images and quotations in a sketchbook. Try new color and design ideas; experiment with abstraction; play with mixed media, learn basic collage techniques and more.
A free private consultation with Nita on one or two pieces of current work is optional.
Exploring Color Exploring Color
You use just six colors, including two of each primary hue. The trick is in choosing the right colors and then combining them correctly to get the optimum result. The illustration shows you a bright, high-intensity color wheel mixed with split primaries. Mix only the two colors in each section within the lines. To mix the green family, mix the blue and yellow within the lines to the right of the circle. First mix green, and place it midway between blue and yellow; then add more yellow for yellow-green and more blue for blue-green. To mix the violet family, mix the crimson or rose with the blue within the lines at the bottom of the circle.
Exploring Color Workshop by Nita Leland (book review)
Color can be learned. Click the book to go to Artists Network Shop. Packed with information, illustrations, 90 exercises and art by 58 artists, plus 8 step-by-step demonstrations, Exploring Color Workshop will help you master the intricacies of color. For all media and skill levels this book, used by many artists and art teachers, will be your constant companion for color ideas and easy reference with an illustated color glossary and ASTM Color Index chart. Dynamic personal color choices will make your work stand out. If you are an artist or a crafter at any level of expertise you simply must have this book Exploring Color on your reference shelf. Somerset Studio Magazine Learn to test paints for transparency, intensity and tinting strength.
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