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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Achieving Luminosity in My New Painting, The Poppy





I did not post yesterday due to technical problems. I have written about the difference between illumination (light from a light source on an object, i.e. the sun) and luminosity (light shining or glowing from an object). This is my new painting on canvas, The Poppy. In this painting I wanted to focus on the luminosity of the flower’s petals. Luminosity is achieved when light pure hues, i.e. the orange red in my painting, are beside muted middle values (gray scale). The middle values should be complements and have temperature contrast. Value contrast should not be sharp. My greens are muted and mid to dark values. They are the complement of the orange red petals. These green hues are cool and contrast with the warm temperature of the petals. I put the muted green hues at the sides of the canvas. I also put a lighter muted green on the edges of the poppy. This created the luminosity seen in my painting. The yellow centre was a problem because it was light in value and competed with the petals. I had to mute this area with light green so it did not detract from the luminosity of the petals.

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