In her workshops and classes
Jeanette Le Grue offers a fresh, contemporary approach to color. Her
unique method combines her own background and experience with the
teachings of the great masters, especially Sergei Bongart and
Jeanette was born on Kodiak Island, Alaska, a
place famous for its salmon fishing and stunning northern lights.
Her French father, Henry Le Grue, first noticed Jeanette’s eye for
color, and encouraged her to become a painter. Her early study of
the French Impressionists deepened her interest in color and light.
She followed Monet’s advice to “just see” the triangle of yellow,
or the rectangle of blue.
is also based on the teachings of the Russian Master
(1918-1985) and the American painter
Charles Hawthorn (1872-1930).
Bongart taught that no color should be viewed in isolation, but in
relationship to the whole canvas. He advised the painter to
think color first, subject last. Similarly, Hawthorn told his
students: “anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the
vision for it. It is the seeing of the thing that makes it
so.” He advised, “Have no formulas for anything, search
constantly through observation.” Hawthorn also taught how to
differentiate between color and tone, and to create the illusion of
light by using a wide color range.
workshops students learn how to apply these important principles to
their own work as contemporary painters. She shows how to
begin by seeing the large shapes first, silhouettes of color using
the full spectrum of the pallet. Jeanette uses no formulas, but
teaches students how to observe what they actually see, rather than
what they think they know. “My approach is to paint from
life, always, with the eyes of a child coupled with the skill of a
Jeanette’s contribution to color theory and
practice has been documented in the American Artist's "Color"
publication as being among "the best advice on oil colors"
for a decade; and in
reviews in Southwest Art Magazine (see “About
Here’s what students say about Jeanette’s workshops:
"Thank you for a great 2 days!"
"First, I really appreciated the
recommended reading list. The books are extremely interesting to read and a
Your lecture before we began gave
us a clear focus for our day. You have a great way of explaining things!
Your demonstrations were the best
I have ever watched. And, your interaction with us and
interpreting our needs, was again, the best I have ever experienced.
Since Saturday, I have thought
many times about all the things that I learned.....with or without sun, wind,
smoke or fog!"
"Jeanette, I just wanted to thank you for a
really great workshop. Even though I had a rough time painting, I
got so much from those 2 days. I have been painting since and can
see some real progress as a result of this last workshop. Thank
you so much. If there's room, I would like to sign up for all of
the remaining workshops."
F is for
Jeanette’s French Father and Fishing
off Kodiak Island.
is for Impressionism, its emphasis on
color & light.
S is for
Sergei (Bongart), the great, Russian
H is for
Hawthorn (Charles), who founded the
Cape Cod School of Art.
Call now to
learn more about the
FISH School of Color!