Wednesday, June 2, 2010
controlling temperature of the light
I didn't work on my seascape project today. I got side tracked working on a painting I started a couple of days ago. I am still not finished with it yet, but I thought of something I can use this painting to explain. I am no longer self concious about showing half finished art on the blog. I figure you all have seen so many of my paintings now that you know the difference, and even if you think "that one looks weak" there will be another you will remember that you did like.
You can control, or decide, what the temperature of your light will be. I mean by this, a step beyond accurately observing the color of your light, I mean installing a temperature that you think will look good. In the picture above I have reversed the temperature of ther light. Normally outdoors you see warm lights and cool shadows. In the studio under north light you expect to see cool lights and warm shadows. I have deliberately painted all of the lights cool by using cooler pigments and adding black or blue to the colors of my lights. I have then heated up my shadows using warmer pigments. Again. I didn't observe this, I installed it.
The easiest way to do this is to begin by forcing your shadows towards a warm note. If you paint your lights coo,l you want your shadows hot. Your darkest darks should be red hot. With a little practice this isn't too hard, but it does call for moving beyond "painting the day" or recording your exact observations. Remember me saying that amateurs look at nature and say "what does it look like?" Pros look at nature and say "what can I do to it?"