Jacki Kellum Art Classes Study the Color Red and Learn to Draw and Shade a Fireball Red Hibiscus in Pencil, Colored Pencils, and Watercolor

As many of you know, I have recently relocated to the Ozark Mountains from my former home on the East Coast, just a few miles from Atlantic City, NJ. Less than a month ago, my first adult art students in Harrison, Arkansas, began studying color. Our first lessons involved understanding the painting of yellow and orange tones, and this week, we’ll begin learning to paint red tones by drawing, shading, color shading, nd painting in watercolor a hardy fireball red hibiscus that I grew in my New Jersey garden.

Jacki Kellum Garden in New Jersey

Fireball Red Hibiscus – Jacki Kellum Watercolor|
Price of Original – $550.00
8″ x 10″ Print – $12.00
5″ x 7″ Print – $4.00
5″ x 7″ Card and Envelope Set – $5.00

In our initial classes, we focused our drawing efforts toward understanding flowers that are radially oriented–like daisies and sunflowers–

As far as color goes, we focused our efforts on yellows–specifically on painting the yellows and oranges that we might use to paint sunflowers.

Sunflower 2 – Jacki Kellum Watercolor

I demonstrated by painting Sunflower 2, and the students painted along with me.

For the fourth class, we’ll learn to draw a hibiscus, which is not radial. The students will draw my painting of a fireball red hibiscus and shade it with pencil. One of the most crucial lessons in learning to paint is that of interpreting our very colorful world into blacks and grays. From there, Jacki teaches how to reinterpret gray-scale drawings into color. Understanding color shading is fundamental to learning to paint in any medium–watercolor, oil, acrylic, etc.

I am a colorist, and I enjoy painting flowers–especially those with pure spectrum colors, but my art students will gradually learn how to apply their color studies to their paintings of landscape. Within a few weeks, Jacki Kellum’s Adult Art Classes with begin to apply their understanding of color to the painting of landscapes.


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