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Monday, 18 October 2010

Contrasts of Color Intensity and Value in Art



This is a detail from a painting I am doing. In a prior post, I mentioned that the color element, value (gray scale), is more important than intensity. I have painted the house in sunlight on the left side. It is yellow. The roof, windows and door are a dark muted blue violet. The hues (colors) are complements. I have painted a lighter muted blue violet under the roof’s eave. However, because the muted blue violet is a dark value, the yellow hue has little luminosity. You can use dark values in a painting and still achieve luminous color. The color with a dark value should not be close to the area that you want to have luminous contrast of intensity. You can see the difference between illumination , a light shining on an object and luminosity, a light shining or glowing from or within an object.

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