|neutral with other neutrals|
|neutral placed with full color|
|the neutral alone|
Neutrals (grays) are beautiful colors, but sometimes it is difficult to see them. Examine the top photo and that neutral, pictured alone here, looks colorful, even delicious. Now examine the middle photo, that same neutral appears unappealing, washed out next to all of that gorgeous, pure color. Simulataneous contrast works inside the box as well as on the paper/canvas. Nothing is truly what it is until it is next to something else. Simultaneous contrast is the effect of how color and value are relative. We need to keep that in mind in every facet of our work. This is the answer to the question Kvan posed, "Why did I separate neutrals? The answer, "I see more clearly."
Now I need to finish packing my bags. I leave early tomorrow morning for Washington State. I will once again join Richard for his workshop, then take off to my favorite painting spots in the state. I, of course, will try to share the experience right here.
For those inquiring, where have I been???
First, my health is fine. Thank you all for your concern.
I have been swamped at school. (Today was the last day.) Not only has it been the end of the year and the plein air event, but I will also be moving jobs next year. This meant I had to totally pack up a studio (empty!) and then make plans for another studio (order shelving, materials etc.) Sounds small, but no, it's a huge job, especially when I still continue 4 physical therapies and 2 doctors appointments a week!
Life is good and I can't wait for tomorrow!! Stay tuned.