Thursday, August 5, 2010
keeping the foreground forward
When planning a painting it's important to think about your separate planes of space:foreground, middle ground and distance. There are many tools we have to show this space. In this post I want to talk a little about color, temperature and chroma. Now this is my favorite field, in a fog, that is just beginning to lift. The light was cool as it can be in fog. A painter needs to remember that even though the light is cool, the landscape bias is warm. I kept my underpainting warm, after I added cooler (and warm)pastel. But in the foreground I very purposely heightened the chroma, the temperature and the value of the colors. The reason was to make that space read front.
As Richard's words always ring in my head- orchestrate!