Repeat after yourself

Guerra de la Paz installation

Colors are vital for me, I get energized when I look at nature and I spontaneously worship the Creator.  Although I find exceptional shapes in creation, nothing compares to its colors. Guess what? Colors have to do with light. If everything were to be turned off, and it became dark, colors would so cease to exist: In the tropics, the colors are brighter. Don’t panic, in our lessons we are talking about pigments and what happens when you mix the three primary colors: yellow, red and blue. The result of the mixture produces the range of earthy colors, that we commonly call brown.
If you mix them in equal amounts, you will get a dark brown because blue is a very strong color. If you put more yellow into your mix, you will get a yellowish brown color leaning to ocher. If your mixture is heavy on the red, you will get a reddish brown.

Margarita Mileva rubber-band dress

This time, complete in each of the photos the following sentence and you’ll be an  expert recognizing which of the primary colors it leans toward.

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

 

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

Magdalena Abakanowicz sculpture

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

Magdalena Abakanowicz sculpture

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

Kenia Brea clay modeling

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

My son, Juan José

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

This brown contains a lot of …, a little …, and a pinch of …

Like I said in a previous post, part of my life took place in the Cibao, that is what we call the northern part of the island. There, the land is fertile and it is customary to plant. My grandparents had large cocoa bean plantations, so those who know cocoa and color theory well might assert that the skin covering the individual dried cocoa beans is often a reddish brown, and some times a yellowish brown. When we peel the seed, we find a very dark brown mass that corresponds to the edible part, that is so because that color contains a lots of blue, a little red and a dash of yellow.  Many visual artists use this mix of colors instead of black. I had never, before writing this blog, thought of associating the colors with things that were as personal as my memories; and, this single event makes me think it was worth it. So, in honor of this fruit and my new experience, I leave this delicious recipe that Hershey’s provided for our enjoyment.

Chocolate Sweetheart Cakes for Two

Like in kindergarten

As a visual artist, I am well aware, that teaching that red, yellow and blue are the primary colors is a sacrilege, because, as my teacher Carlos Montesino always says, they have names and surnames, which I will not mention.

I consider it important to talk to my students about color, and I take the opportunity at every workshop to teach them a little about the subject. There are scientific explanations about color, but to me, they are simply a gift from God, something wonderful, and I would say even magical; because they have the power to influence our mood and even our decision making as individuals. Eventhough I  am conscious that the mastery of color theory is an arduous and complex affair, I recognize the importance of doing so in order to obtain successful results in the projects of art in all its aspects.

So, repeat after me.  The primary colors are:

Yellow

Red

and,

Blue

From here to eternity

In the vast majority of cases, human creations come from visual references. With the exception of pure abstraction, man uses the perception of his environment to create shapes. Looking at this beautiful skeleton of the petals of Hydrangea flowers, I could not resist the idea of sharing some photos of works with lace, which, incidentally, is the preferred fabric in major haute couture collections for this present year. I loved the description from Wikipedia and I motivate you to at least find pictures of some of the mentioned types of lace, my favorites are the natural fiber, without underestimating the synthetic, often essential for jobs that require it.

When it comes to lace, I was immediately reminded of the Edwardian era, where fashion was completely overturned in the clothing that incorporated various design and exquisite lace from different backgrounds, as shown in the photograph dating from that period. Of course, even today, it is the inspiration for many fashion and accessory designers.

Two closely related elements since the beginning of a mankind are textile fibers and feathers, whether a primitive plume or amulet, or in the magnificent Victorian or Edwardian periods to the present, both will be part of the ornaments you and I wear, I show you a picture of how my workshop looks this week, this week, among other things, I created these fabric bird wedding cake toppers and some details of lace flowers.

Like every Friday, I would like to leave this DIY project, copied from one of the blogs I visit, which will, undoubtedly, be helpful for some of you.

Maison Legeron

Maison Legeron is the most prestigious fabric flower-making company in the world of haute couture, it´s located in Paris and is a family-owned business since late 1800´s. On their website, they explain perfectly the whole fabric flower making process, which is the same one that we so-called "flowermakers", as Rebeca says, use.

Acceptance

In the last few years I have been fighting with myself because I don´t want people to see me as a flower maker. When Rebeca wants to bother me she comes to my little flower textile studio and tells me: "remember, you are what you do". Looking at that bunch of organza blue flowers I made, I think I am starting to accept it.