October 15, 2015 – Color Value before Color Hue
Design relies on value choices more than on hue choices. When the values read well, the color can be quite arbitrary and still work. I like to rely on color for expressing mood and atmosphere. I rely on shapes, values, temperatures and textures for strong design and composition.
I spent a day painting en plein air with acrylics in Wicomico County, Maryland last week. I painted several examples of using full strength pigments based on color value rather than hue. I’ve converted the painting of the pine tree farm into black and white to show the understructure of design in the painting. Below is the same painting in full color.
Just imagine how strong the painting could be with playful, more appropriate choices of color but still holding the the same values and temperatures.
Reminder … Today is the last day to register for the workshops in Santa Rosa at RileyStreet Art Supply. Registration for the Sebastopol workshop will close on November 7th. I board my plane the next day. Looking forward to that California landscape!