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Monday, 14 June 2010

Luminosity in Art; A Study of My Partial Painting





This is the top right half of my painting in progress. I wanted to emphasize the luminous color approach. This approach is contrasts of intensity (saturation); similar to Turner’s approach. Luminosity is not illumination. Luminosity describes the light color radiating from an object or contained by an object. Illumination is created by a light source; and has shadows. In my painting, the light side (illumination by sunlight) of the rock is also the luminous area. There is no white in luminous paintings. The luminous area is a pure light hue; the lightest value in the painting. Value is a powerful element of color and therefore dark and sharp contrasts of values should be limited and not used near the luminous area(s) if used at all. Although hard to detect on my image, the light value near the rock and the form shadow are muted blue violets. The majority of my painting is middle tones (values). The light value areas are limited to the rock and surrounding area. I have used some contrast of temperatures in the sky and trees but these areas are muted.

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