Tracy Everly - Down and Dirty: Painting with Dirty Color (Online); Friday, December 10, 2021

This class was held live over Zoom in the past and has ended. View the Online Course Catalog for all current class listings.

Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM Pacific Time, 5:00-6:30 PM Eastern Time, 10-11:30 London Time

Color is relative, and in a painting, it’s an illusion. Whether painting realistically or using color in a way that’s more personal and subjective, most painters want to understand color and how to best use it to create harmony and feeling in a painting. Balancing or pushing the boundaries of neutral color versus more chromatic color is one way to add to your visual language. It may sound counterintuitive, but if you want to convey beautiful, chromatic color, grays and more neutral color – also sometimes called dirty colors – have an important role to play. Reaching first for the high-chroma colors on your palette often leads to frustration and paintings where all of the elements compete for attention.

In this concise introduction to painting with dirty color, Tracy will demonstrate how starting a painting using more neutral color sets the stage for stronger color, supporting it and allowing it to be more meaningful.

Tracy Everly is an award-winning painter. She has studied occasionally at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, but she is also largely self-taught, having put together her own educational path held together by dogged determination and love of art.

Her teaching objective is to create a positive educational, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. Her method involves sharing her own artistic process fully and openly, aiming to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials, but she also focuses on mindset and thought process as important aspects of creating art.

This class was held live over Zoom in the past.