Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Arbitrary Color

In this painting of Marshall Point Lighthouse, the use of arbitrary color makes for a much more dramatic depiction of the well-known scene than a literal translation.  Favorite color combinations develop over time, and replace blue skies and white clouds that do little for a dramatic presentation. The values set off the carved out whites and make them pop.

To reinforce the point, the other side of this sheet contains just such a traditional attempt.  Often, the first failed try is the motivation to let loose and paint without fear.  I just get out the biggest brush I have and splash away.

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