Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Contrast and Dominance

One of the principles of art is contrast. Contrast of color is at work in this painting of an old bridge in Toledo, Spain.  The warm color on the land and the bridge contrast with the blue in the sky and water, with the warm dominating. There are also contrasts of values.  The focal point of the bridge is where the highest contrast occurs, thus directing your eyes to that point. 

By limiting the palette and using the dominant warm color, the painting emphasizes the warmth of the land and the sun.  Be conscious of the choices you make concerning color, and ensure mood of your painting when choosing a dominant.

This is another in my ongoing series of bridge paintings.

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