“You’re terrible at using color” I remember my graduate school painting professor telling me.👩‍🎨This was before the “self-esteem” paradigm so I’m pretty sure I remember it correctly. Having studied black and white printmaking as an undergraduate student it makes sense now, but it was pretty traumatizing to hear at the time. 👩🏼‍🎨 Anyhow, I went on a binge to learn how to use color. I humbled myself and took a color theory class with the freshman. How embarrassing given I was a big graduate student😩. I practiced for hours on end, years really. Looking back I can see he was right-I was awful at color🥺. But practice and determination are a good combination and over time my use of color improved. 👩🏾‍🎨 How to use color, materials, perfecting your chosen medium, all these things take time. Lots of it. But, don’t give up. The world needs artists (even if it doesn’t know it) and bohemians-many more bohemians from my perspective-so keep working on your craft whether it’s color, technique, style, or materials. 👩🏾‍🎨 After 30+ years, I can say with certainty that I’ve learned how to use color. Thank you to my graduate school painting professor, Rob Moore, for being honest with me and challenging me to push myself. I am grateful to you every day. 🌸Shown here is my latest diptych CONEFLOWERS 1 and CONEFLOWERS 2. Made with pigmented abaca and acrylic paint. #robmoore#megblackstudios #color #paperartist#pulppainting #coneflowers#artcurator #massart #artist#colortheory #blackeyedsusans#russiansage #bostonartist #artforsale#supportartists #paperartistcollective

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