Thursday, August 11, 2011

"Q" is for "Quinacridone" via Mary Beth Shaw style

Today is Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday featuring the letter "Q".....
Worked out perfectly since I'd planned to post about Mary Beth Shaw's Color Class I took at Art Unraveled in Phoenix Arizona last week...

The Delightful Queen of Energy Mary Beth's class desquiption:

"When I started painting, I had a lot of trouble mixing good color. I had heard it was all about red/yellow/blue, yet when I tried using them it seemed like I always made mud, which was really frustrating. This is the class that I wish someone had taught to me. Join me as we cut to the chase; I'll show you three different sets of primary colors that produce very different palette options, hence three totally diverse "moods" of color.
No matter what your level as a painter, you are sure to find a palette you love, plus it is so rewarding to mix color and watch the beauty unfold before your eyes. After we have worked with all three palettes, you will have a chance to paint book covers for a uniquely personal color reference tool that you will use for years to come. I will share tons of tips to help you keep it simple so you can depend on clean, clear color - every single time."

So True!!!  I hate making MUD! ... Wasting Paint ... And I'm tired of trying to BUY that perfect color, rather than learn how to mix it on my own....

The Triads:

One of my color palette play pages:

Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow Light, Phthalo Blue
HaPPy CoLorS!  Began by mixing a bit O two colors and adding varied amounts of white, then black then the third color....  Music and Paint Slinging are required in Mary Beth's class!

Another palette:  Quinacridone Crimson, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Turquoise (Phthalo)

I chose to chop the palette page into squares, etc and glue them onto canvas paper....
Here's the page opened...(My squares kept multiplying)....

Mary Beth shared her pages done in this manner....
Also more info in her book you can find here....

***Next post will be about putting it all together in a JournaL....***

Quick - before you forget -  visit more "Q" posts at Jenny's:)
Jenny Matlock


  1. Great colour work. Mixing is aways the fundament for painting! Valerie

  2. What a wonderful exploration of color! The blocks are so vivid and bright.

  3. WOW!..not only is this the most colorful post it educated me also,thanks.

  4. Thanks so much for such a wonderful post. And I love being deemed the "Queen of Energy" ha!! So glad to have met you :)

  5. I can't even imagine doing this, but I sure love your palette of colors!


  6. ART = the joy of days! Wonderful colors! Great post!

  7. Your color work is lovely!

    Your art is amazing...

    I have a little piece of it that hangs by my desk and it brings me pleasure every single day...

  8. I took a semester long color class. It was infinitely helpful!

  9. I LOVE the quinacridones!! They are great for glazing.

    Thanks for your comment on my posts!!

  10. What a great post Theresa--not only is it VERY informative--I love what you did with your color mixing!

  11. looks interesting. I need to learn how to draw faces... my next painting challenge! Have fun with your colors. {:-Deb

  12. I love to look, but when I really think about it, it feels like math to me. It's my brain - it just doesn't go that way, but I'm in awe of those that do.

  13. I have never been an artist, but I love to look at colour. Your palette is beautiful!

  14. Color! It is what draws me in - whether it be in my own quilting or viewing someone else's art - I see the color before the pattern or design

    Love what you are creating.

  15. Loved reading this post! I will invetigate more. :)

  16. Theresa! How lovely. Even your work is a work of art!

    Thanks for sharing this fascinating post with us.