Saturday, July 31, 2010
the tools of the painter
When you think about it you really only have 3 tools at your disposal: color (chroma included), value and edge. Wait I am getting a little ahead of myself. Let me back up.
Your first decision is always, Why are you painting this painting? Then, what is the diva? (the focal point) When you know, then you have to make a design the places the diva in a sweet spot. I use the rule of thirds, an off shoot from the golden mean. Therefore when I make my notan I usually mark the paper in thirds. With my design decided, I am ready for the watercolor.
I try to set up the value structure in watercolor since it is imperative to have that rock solid. But not until I use pastel do I really start manipulating color and edge. I have been concentrating on keeping my edges and color most strong in my focal point, losing attention and focus as the eye wanders out. Also I am trying hard to keep my lightest light value 9 and my darkest value at about 5. Remember Sanford Gifford. And also remember dark is absence of light...and I want light.
I do realize that this painting is not a true success. But it was my first attempt at painting a real Olympic Peninsula subject. This is the place you find the sea stacks, thick fog and tidal pools at low tide. Fog is thicker here. Most days it never really burns off completely at the beach. This fog has a special name even. It's called "the marine."
Oh, by the way if anything I said doesn't make sense, feel free to ask me to explain more.
Here is just a little snippet of the treasures in the tidal pools.
Thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments and emails I have been receiving while I have been on my trip. I will try to get back to everyone as soon as possible....but since I do not always have internet access I may be slow...but I am not ignoring you;-)