ART TIP OF THE WEEK
This is a rule allowing the artist to create a sense of distance or depth in a painting. Basically stated it is that all objects become cooler and have less contrast as they move toward the horizon. Thus green grass or foliage will become paler and more of a blue green. A barn which might be bright red in the foreground will become more greyed in the distance (usually accomplished by adding the complementary color green to the red). Additionally the sky will be a lighter blue as it moves toward the horizon. Any form of water, be it lake or sea’ is better accomplished if again it is lighter as it moves toward the horizon. This avoids the impression that one has painted a "blue wall".
This is one case where if the artist wishes to create the illusion of distance he or she must follow these rules regardless of what his eyes or a photo reference might tell him. One does not question reality or a photograph, however a painting is looked at far more critically, not necessarily on a conscious level but the resulting discomfort in the viewer has the same disquieting result.
HAPPY PAINTING AND ENJOY ART IN ALL IT’S VARIED FORMS.
-LESSONS IN WATERCOLOUR-
Jacqueline A. Wojtowich, R. R. #2, Granton, Ontario, NOM IVO, Canada
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