|Sunlight In An Empty Room #2|
8" x 8" acrylic on 3/4" MDF board
|beginning drawing on board, checking for value on first wall|
|2 values-comparison for contrast|
|3 values-more contrast comparison-light on wall established|
|this is the final result-checking for contrast, etc|
I worked on the above painting earlier. I use my camera to take photos as I go along, checking things out in black and white. Stuff really jumps out at you when you eliminate the color. Overall I am happy with things. Making certain colors light is very difficult-red in particular is tough since you get a pink color. When you only look at it that way (as the color pink or whatever), you are in trouble. Seeing the value of that color in context and noting comparisons of contrast helps a lot more than just thinking about the hue. Then, (and I love this phrase), apprehending the painting as a whole is possible given that all of the areas of contrasts(both value and color placement) have been installed. The above painting is just one idea but I kind of like it:)
OK, yesterday I started #7 in my childhood series (all images of children on 8" x 8" boards). I am excited because I have added cobalt blue back into the mix of my paints. Some time back, I ran across someone's post about palettes being either traditional or contemporary. Hues are fascinating-how they were first created, how painters guarded their formulations, etc. Many traditional colors are organic, earth based pigments. Some are low in intensity and saturation, others have a greater tinting strength. More recent colors (those made common from about the 1930's onward and which are a mix of organic an inorganic) are a lot more saturated-their tinting strength is much higher (you can add a lot of white paint and the colors retain their brilliance). I have gotten my palette back to a mix of more traditional, organic pigments. It's great to know this stuff; it explains a lot about a painting if you can figure out what the painter was using in the way of hues. Most times it answers the question of, "How did he (the artist) get that look?"
OK, happy Tuesday to everyone. Thanks for reading and commenting.