Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Secondary Neutrals

Frontier Cabin, 6 x 8
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Class met this morning at Shipe Park in central Austin. I camped in front of this log cabin to take up today's assignment, which fortunately for me, was carried over from last week's class. I missed last week due to work, but Laurel today gave everyone another go at creating a value study using only neutrals and semi-neutrals. Simplifying the process a little bit was the fact that we made these by mixing only the three secondary colors. Value adjustments were made adding either white to lighten, or mixing the naturally dark purple with other colors for the darkest values.

Though this sounds a bit complicated, it was helpful in getting us to focus once again on finding the correct values in a landscape, which is crucial in any painting. The use of only neutrals and semi-neutrals did, however, make for a pretty desaturated picture, at least in this case.

1 comment:

Sheila said...

Loooooooooooooove this! Shadow play on the cabin and the ground are marvelous. Shape of the tree is hand clappin' good. I want to paint like this.