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Monday, 10 March 2008

Making Texture, Movement & Making Dimensions with Color - Waterfall

Waterfall
Acrylic on mount board
7 by 9 inches (17.9 by 23 cm)
exluding .5 inch (1.3 cm)white border





This painting is about texture & movement. The texture is seen in the rocks & water & the depicted movement in the waterfall. (I am not discussing moving the viewer’s eye around the painting.) Texture is not usually seen in the shadows. I used a coarse gel medium to create texture in the rocks as well as thick paint. The waterfall was created by adding a thick gel medium to the paint & repeating linear strokes over each dried layer. I had difficulty painting the rocks. I needed to put more color into the forms of the rocks. Like most artists, I don’t consciously try to develop a style. But I am a colorist & I like luminosity. There are many different styles of color painting. An early traditional style was tonal. The artist built up the 3 dimensional forms by using color based on a light to dark scale. Think of a black & white photograph & the range of grays in the photo. The range that varies from light to dark is considered a value scale. Each color, i.e., yellow, has a local value. The value of most yellows is light. Purple usually is the darkest value. (I do not consider pure white & black colors.) You can also create form by the temperature of a color. Warm colors, i.e. orange & red, move the area/shape forward. Cool colors, i.e. blue, green, make the area recede. Remember though each color has a value & you can model or turn the form in space using temperature & value. One book I read recommended looking at the paintings by the master art works in the book. Which ones do you like? What are the dominant color schemes in the paintings? My favorite colors are blue & orange. This does not mean that the colors are pure. I like a brown-orange, a green blue, etc. So next time you look at pictures or paintings, consider why you like them. There are many reasons to like paintings beyond the color scheme. I also like texture & loose expressive brush strokes.