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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Color Contrast in Painting







I wrote about color complements and the Triadic and Munsell color wheels. In my above unfinished color study, I used the complementary pair, orange (yellow red) and blue. On both color wheels these hues are complements and enhance each other when placed side by side. It is best to mute (dull) one hue, i.e. blue; this will increase the intensity of the pure orange. If you mix complements as I did in my sky, the colors are dulled. In the value image (gray scale), you see the limited number of shapes and their oblique directions. The dominant value is mid tone; this contrasts with the smaller amounts of light and dark values. The dominant color temperature is warm. I posterized this image to 2 values (notan) in Photoshop. You can still read the image and I have achieved a dynamic design.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Turner, Paintings of Color, Light, Force



Famous British artist, William Turner (1775 - 1851) painted color, light and emotion. His art was studied by the impressionists. The above painting, Snowstorm (1842) is a wonderful example of Turner’s use of intensity, atmospheric effect and vibration. This painting makes viewers feel the force of nature. Turner reduced the detail and elements to make the painting powerful. (J. Vigue, Great Masters of Western Art)

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Study of Color in Painting, Triadic and Munsell Color Wheels



I painted the above study to examine color in light. The first color wheel was based on three primary colors (triadic color wheel). French chemist, M. E. Chevreul established the theory of simultaneous contrast published in 1839 (complementary colors enhance each other) and the interaction of colors. The Impressionists and Post impressionists were influenced by Chevreul’s findings and used complements to enhance colors. Around 1936, American artist, Albert Munsell, created a color system based on hue, value and intensity. His color wheel used 5 primary colors. I have previously written on both color wheels. Most artists use the Munsell color wheel which has more accurate complements. In my above painting, I used a Munsell split complementary color scheme (green yellow, red purple, purple blue). (For more information, O. Ocvirk et al, Art Fundamentals Theory and Practice and prior posts)

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

AGO Exhibit, Chagall and the Russian Avante Garde






Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting the exhibit, Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde (to January 15, 2012). Chagall was born in Russia in 1887. He spent much of his life in exile but his work was influenced by his Russian and Jewish background. His work was also influenced by the French post impressionists. His use of color complements are seen in his above painting, Double Portrait with Wine Glass (1917-1918). Chagall uses the color green and red to enhance his painting. He used a green outline around the red jacket of the male figure to create vibrancy. Compare this painting with the color Chagall used in his painting, Cemetery Gates (1917).

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Split Complementary Colors, Intensity in Paintings






There are several color (hues) schemes artists use to harmonize paintings. A split complementary color scheme is a color and 2 colors on either side of its complement. In the above paintings, I used the blue green hue and the split complements, red yellow (orange) and red purple on the Munsell color wheel. The first painting is fully saturated except for the sky and water (thin glazes show the white of the canvas). I have decreased the hues’ saturation (intensity) of the second image with the complements of the colors. For example, I used the red hue to decrease the saturation of the blue green colors. Red is the Munsell color wheel complement of blue green. When you alter the intensity of the hue, you also change the value (black and white gray scale). In my above painting the addition of red to the blue green hue made the value darker. When you alter the intensity you may also alter the hue.

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