Presentation by David Feinberg:

“No Need to Fear Color with the Help of Georgia O’Keefe”

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00p.m.
Rose Room, Roseville Skating Center, 2661 Civic Center Drive,
 Roseville, MN

This presentation will outline the many ways of thinking about color in artistic decision making. One should first use color in a personal way without any thoughts about using it correctly. If problems occur during or after working on a series or single piece, then perhaps some of the concepts in this presentation will rekindle the spirit of the idea and even lead to new motivation for future works. The following topics will be presented:

~ Push and pull of color creating space
~ Grouping according to color, value, and intensity
~ Sequencing and border transfers
~ No such thing as a bad color- all colors can be made to work
~ Complex color identification and matching made simple
~ Counterbalancing color
~ Taste verses need in color choices
~ Making colors glow

Feinberg artThe concluding section of the presentation will examine Georgia O’Keefe’s use of color that, in my opinion, is a lifelong reference.

David Feinberg was the main color teacher for the Studio Art Department, University of Minnesota for 32 years. Feinberg has degrees from Parsons School of Design, NYC, in Graphic Design, the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz, in Art Education and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, MFA in Painting. He received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, and the University Board of Regent’s Outstanding Community Service Award.



LAST MEETING: Dec. 21, 2017

Demo by James Nutt: “The Art of Sketching”


Nutt Demo 3082 Nutt Demo 3083Architect and artist, James Nutt, showed how it is possible to draw and sketch anywhere. He emphases that it is important to develop a daily habit of sketching “not to make a beautiful drawing but to free you up and get the voice off your shoulder.”He carries a small sketching setup wherever he goes. “I’m the 6 foot 5 bald guy carrying a purse,” he quipped as he showed us his easel bag which contains a small sketchbook, palette, water brush and a variety of pens, some waterproof and some non-waterproof. Asked about the types of paper he recommends, he said, “Dance with whatever you have.” He sketches everywhere – in church, on airplanes, at concerts.

Known for his line work, James demonstrated how line weight can show prominence and depth in a sketch. When beginning a drawing he first determines what are the “big rocks, medium size rocks, and small rocks. Put the big rocks in first. Then you will know how to fit in the medium ones, and finally the small ones.”

Nutt Demo 3073James uses small palettes containing a few primaries, warm or cool. He also uses water soluble graphite for grey tones. When working in his studio he works on two or three drawings at a time. Putting one aside when he is 75% done he will move on to the next. “My mind is still working on the first,” he explained. He also advised, “Put it down and show it to someone else.”

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NorthStar members enjoyed sharing holiday treats and time to catch up with friends. Many members found some great bargains in the ArtSwap/Sale, and some were able to clean out their studio by getting rid of those unused materials and books.


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