Explore the dynamic world of color theory and pigment properties as you learn to understand and harness the intricate relationships between colors, enhancing your artistic expression through informed color choices.

Monochromatic paintings are a very useful tool for learning just how far you can go with an individual color, both its versatility and its limits. Using Pigment Sticks, you will explore different ways of handling the paint to bring out different aspects of that color.

It can stop there or go on. Seeing the limits of a color can lead to a methodical choice of a second color to expand those limits. And that leads to the methodical choice of a third color, and so on in the building of the harmonic (or dissonant) color structure of a painting. Emphasis will be on turning the ideas developed through color charts and the different ways of categorizing colors into paintings.

For example, one categorization is opacity. The opacity or translucency of a pigment affects every aspect of color relationship and color mixing. The understanding of this and other categories not only helps to resolve problems of composition but also enriches the toolbox of expressive possibilities.

About Lisa Pressman

Lisa Pressman’s career as an artist has been marked by exploration of the expressive potential of a variety of mediums, among them oil, encaustic, cold wax, and mixed-media collage. Her work is abstract, conceptually based, and process-driven, featuring marks, forms, colors and patterns that are evocative rather than descriptive.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from Douglass College at Rutgers University, with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture, in 1979. As a graduate student she changed her emphasis to painting, and in 1981 was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Bard College. Since then she has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Her work is represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, Addington Gallery in Chicago, and Slate Gallery in Telluride, Colorado.

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About Richard Frumess

Richard Frumess has been manufacturing artist paint commercially since 1982 when he began making encaustic paint for Torch Arts Supplies in New York City. In 1988 he founded R&F Handmade Paints and two years later developed Pigment Sticks, R&F’s brand of oil sticks. In the intervening years, he conducted a series of comprehensive tests on the properties of encaustic as well as doing research into its history and contemporary use.

Withdrawing from the running of the company in 2014, allowed him the freedom to investigate the underlying principles of the color line that had been developed intuitively over the years by him and R&F’s staff. The workshops that have evolved from this exploration are intended to ground color theory in the materials of color itself.