Breakout Sessions  Day One
Expressing Form through Color ~~~~
Sharon Sprung
basic terms
– color
– light, middle and dark
– Intensity of color
and cool
color system:  book may be ordered from  Great worksheets included!
Value 5
(middle) is usually the most chromatic of any color
Bear in mind
that whatever you surround your color with has an effect on that color
Color is
self-centered and has its own personality
Learn how to
manipulate your color-learn to change it slightly
Sharon uses
paints handmade by Vasari: her palette
Flake white                                                                             
Yellow Ochre
Raw Sienna
Scarlet Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Umber
Raw Umber
Paynes’ Grey
Red Umber
Cobalt Blue
Note: there were more colors on her palette (14 to be exact) but she said them so fast I couldn’t catch them all…I am sure they are listed on her website)
Yellow ochre
+ raw sienna + white mixes together to match Sharon’s own skin tone
Yellow ochre
is the most chromatic color on her palette/ scarlet sienna is the most neutral
Cobalt blue
plays well with other colors
Another option
for a base skin color is raw sienna, cobalt blue + alizarin crimson
Fewer colors
on your palette create a more harmonious work, incestuous
Sharon says
that flake white was meant for skin tone. It doesn’t wash out and has a range. Titanium
white or titanium zinc white is a lighter, colder, less transparent white and
kills color. 
Other mixtures
she mentions:
Raw umber +
yellow ochre =green
sienna + alizarin crimson
Red umber +
yellow ochre
Cobalt blue
+ ruby red= violet
blue + Indian yellow = green
Be sure to
mix your colors well on your palette!
At this
point in her presentation she asks for volunteers to come up from the audience
to allow her to match their particular skin tone on their arms.
redheads have a skin tone made from alizarin crimson, payne’s grey and raw
Presentation of the Egg:
The halftone
is the strongest color area of an object. It turns the form from light to
light is part of the shadow. 
comments in closing:
painting with innocence. Do not be formulaic!
Tone of the
canvas matched the emotion of the subject.
She does not
do an underpainting. Her canvas is toned with payne’s grey + turp.
Be wrong to
be right! Constantly compare while working!