Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Seeing Color Accurately

I was re-reading Kevin McPherson's first book about plein air painting and he stressed the need to accurately represent color by using a white paper as a reference, or a punched hole in a viewfinder to compare the value of the hue.  It was an interesting exercise to always be comparing a color to the color next to it, or the contrast between the apple's edge and the background.  I also switched to a halogen spotlight hoping to work in a cooler, less yellowing light.  The more I looked, the more colors I saw.  This was not a quick process, so my daily painting went over onto one more day.

1 comment:

  1. I love the light in this, Joan. And yes, I need to remember these things too, and one thing I read somewhere is "relativity is the hallmark of values". So true. Always comparing. Sometimes I feel like I'm never going to finish a painting because every time I compare, then I have to tweak in another area. Oh well!