Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Marathon Sunrise

Marathon Sunrise
8 x 10
Pastel on Art Spectrum Olive Green Paper

This is the second installment of the value shift paintings from my workshop with Marla Baggetta. From a value perspective, this painting follows Carlson's theory of light on angled planes better. The lightest plane to darkest plane - 1st Sky, 2nd Land, 3rd is angled panes, last is upright planes. So, yes, the trees are darkest in this painting- and more "normal". But does that make this more boring? 



This painting was my second choice of the scene. Even still, the grass - or dirt - in the actual resource photo was certainly not orange. I'm definitely exploring more freedom in color choices - just doing what I feel within a given value structure


6 comments:

  1. Not boring at all, just a different mood than the last. Carlson's teachings affect every painting I do. Knowing the principles of light is freeing, and these last two paintings of yours really show it. You've just turned a corner in your creative journey! Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you Alice Jo! I'm having a great time learning the rules and breaking them! We also talked about the stages of artistic learning - like conscious incompetence :)

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  2. We lose a lot as we mature and conform to "reality". A five-yr-old is perfectly content with grass that is purple--until the adults around her force her to stifle her true intention.

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    1. Thank you Michael! What a lovely idea! Purple grass :) There truly is a lot of purple hues in green masses. Looking forward to seeing you at the DBG in April! Hope I don't miss out on too many flowers.

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  3. Yay for you! Understanding values gives us a freedom to play around with colour and in terms of landscape, so does following Carlson's principles. Go go!!!

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