Wednesday, October 20, 2010
choosing color to convey mood:painting and cooking
How can color be used effectively to convey mood in a painting? Think about the emotions you want to express and then decide which colors do it. (It really is ALL up to you.) This painting was done from a study I made after my visit to the Ding Darling Refuge in Florida. The study was a memory piece done 5 days after I was there. It is vibrant and intense (see below, pastel.) I took that idea and created a one color underpainting, with small changes in composition. I chose to make a quiet, early autumn painting (very different from the saturated intensity of Florida). Aiming for a more Tonalist, restrainted feel, I restricted my palette. I have no photos, it simply comes from my feel of autumn. One of the biggest problem folks have is relying on their photographs. Yes, I know the top small oil is not as effective as the bottom pastel. But for better or worse both came from inside of me. I still feel my biggest struggle is to get the oils to do what I know I want. Again it's like cooking. I am still working on my rosemary walnut biscotti recipe. Each try I get a little closer to the taste I want. Patience is my key word. I know I need to simply keep asking myself...what will happen if I try this...or this and soon I will figure out how to get the effect I desire.... it's a quest. Painting and cooking...both are quests of a sort. Enjoy the hunt, the struggle and the elusive, fruitful, discovery.