Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Colorful Past, Present and Future


These cannot be mixed, they just are real pure color! We use them to mix all the other colors (hues).

We all learn how to mix the primary colors in preschool, or there about, but there is an important reason why we learn this. Color is all around us, in the things we purchase to wear, to sit on, to eat,and to paint with too. So I decided to teach my 100 year old Mom, about color theory and you get to learn it along with her.

Once you understand that the PRIMARY COLORS are the basic color mixers, you can make any color. So yellow and red make orange, yellow and blue make green, blue and red make violet (that’s what it is called in the art world).These are called the SECONDARY COLORS - they are mixed with the primary colors.redgreen Across the way from each of these colors, are the COMPLEMENTARY COLORS.

Any GREEN object you use next to RED, will make the colors brighter and more exciting. If your red is a bluish red, than a yellower green will be it’s complement. If you can imagine all the colors in between red to yellow, or red to blue, you can see that there are so many to choose from, but the opposite one will make the magic.


YELLOWS and VIOLETS can set a mood if they are pale, but the brighter ones also will do the trick. And look at BLUE and ORANGE, a wow factor when there is just a touch of the complement in a photo can make your work so much better. Use your hand and take away the complementary color and see what I mean. The pizzazz goes away. Just a little hint in the ball by the boat dock was what drew me to take the picture.blueorange

The next color concept is using that color wheel to find ANALOGOUS COLORS. When looking at the chart, see where the colors next to each other can enhance the ones on either side.analogous



.All of these slides are from a book I am working on teaching the basics of “Photography by Design.” Some year, I will get this published but I can give you hints to taking better photos or making more of your paintings using these theories. In a class I am taking we are exploring pale to bright, to washed out whites to saturated colors. When you use some of these mixtures together you can get great explosions of color. A bright red in the middle of dull, grayed down tones can “sing” out loud, and the opposite can happen too. Ladies, you can try adding a scarf or jewelry to an outfit and see it pop when it is with the right color combination. So experiment with your colors and find out what you can come up with to make your life more colorful.

Some exciting news for me


Opening reception: July 5, 2014

I was asked to have a show in San Diego finally. The Carmel Valley Library has a fabulous wall and some showcases and I intend on filling them up. Here is the postcard and handout I am working on. I love doing graphics, although in college hated doing stuff like that.

I may be including too much, but I am hopeful that people will love my artwork and save the flier. Then maybe when looking to purchase art, they will think of me.


I went to Michael’s and got a lot of frames so I can do the entire wall like a checkerboard. What do you think? Too much when you see art side-by-side?


If you live in San Diego, here is the address. 3919 Townsgate Dr, San Diego, CA 92130 (off the 5 after Sorrento Valley). (858) 552-1668  I will have goodies for breakfast treats if you are able to join us.

Here is my bio so far- back cover:

PENNI RUBIN: artist/teacher
At six years old, Penni copied the Old Masters and
created an art museum diorama. People could not
believe that someone so young could replicate fine
art in such a manner. From then on, her parents
enrolled her in art lessons. . She discovered that we find
our vocational interests at age 7 and compiled her original
songs & created a play “At Seven the Musical.” As an Enrichment Specialist,
Penni continues to create discovery WONDERlabs for
children that integrate science, art, math & music (SAM).
She gives private art lessons, designs parties, & writes
the blog for the S D Watercolor Society (
Penni has designed dishes and wallpaper, trains teachers,
and enjoys doing plein air painting. She is passionate and
is considered the ultimate masterful teacher to this day!

Inside info in the little pamphlet:

PENNI RUBIN: Artist/Art Teacher /Enrichment Specialist
Watercolors, gouache, acrylics and photography.
A colorful, multi-talented person who also writes
books & blogs. Rubin is a photography judge, an Interior
Designer, & teaches both children and adults. She paints
many subjects to capture the rapture, or rooster!

EDUCATION: Parsons School of Design, NY Fashion Institute of Technology, Cleveland Institute of Art, Tri-C College, Cleve., OH (Assoc. Early Childhood Ed), Capital University, BA Education,,continues online at

SHOWS: Butler Institute of Art
“Scene It”Libraries in Cleve. OH
“See the Music”- Libraries in Cleve.
“Good Gouache” Shaker in Residence
“Photos a ‘moré” Shaker Hts., OH
La Bonheur Children’s Hospital Memphis, TN
San Diego Watercolor Society, SD County Fair,
Elijah’s Deli in La Jolla, CA

“Why is the Sky Blue?”
“Math in Motion”
“Connec-TABLE Science”
“Science in the Sandbox”
“What’s Under Your Feet?” (USGS)
“Mommy I Have Nothing To Do” Book
Crazy Daze CD…….. and others


Is it black and white, or shades of gray?

When we go to workshops and art classes, the teachers always talk about values. There are thirteen values from black to white (1-13, with 7 being the mid gray tone), I go to Home Depot and get the paint chips and check values that way. If something needs to be darker, paint it so, and visa versa.Slide1 Slide2 Slide3 Slide4

Well, in my crazy photography of shadows and things that aren’t there, the values are very obvious. I was just talking with an artist who said his one eye is only seeing light and shadows now and I teased him and said he was lucky, we have to figure out what the darkest dark is and the lightest light and then balance them in a photo or a painting. So here are some black and whites. There is not a huge variety of values in many but the lines and curves are what I enjoy and placing them in the view finder of the camera just right is what I am after. My daughter always accuses me of slowing up our walks and errand runs because I stop to take pictures all the time. Oh well, I like my weird pictures and I had an art teacher who thought I should paint them. I am not crazy about abstract art, so I am not running to do that, just capturing it is enough for me right now.

But my art is getting a liltle more black and white so who knows?