Monday, February 20, 2012

make light: not white

pastel 8x9 (studio study)

underpainting for large oil 40x48
When I was teaching I noticed that sometimes my young students mistake light in a color to mean -more pale or a tint. But light must be made by color rather than just altering the color with more white. It may not be "exactly" what you see but instead it is a choice you make to create the feel of the light and the concept. Making value changes can get the painting to read space and distance, but making the light, takes color.
To me, the best way to learn to see and feel color is to paint the same landscape every day. It is then you notice the ways light works, her nuances.
And now for one of this week's plein air studies.
How many do I have of this view? Let me guess. The number must be at least around 200. I love the fact that learning is boundless and will happen each day I am there. 


helen said...

Great colors - remind me of sunrise we had here recently!

Casey Klahn said...

Good points. Make light, not white. Is this your quote, so I can credit you when I use it?

The beach scene is my cup of tea. So, simple, and I want to say "perfect." Except, I am sure you will do it again!

Donna T said...

Wow, what a feeling of warm sunshine in that pastel! I love the pink underpainting showing through! Good points about creating light, Loriann. It's amazing how the smallest hint of yellow or orange can give the effect we want. Lighter value pastels can look so chalky - not good!

loriann signori said...

Hi Helen, thank you!

Hi Casey,
As far as I know that can be quoted to me...never thought I was "quotable!"

Hi Donna,
warm sunshine, mmmmmmmm good. You are so right white pastels equals chalk...yucky chalk! Accents are what lighter value pastels are made for. You have to be careful.
Still color reigns for making light. Speaking of warm and light, I am looking forward to temperatures in the 60s this week..ooh la la!

Jala Pfaff said...

Wowza, yowza colors!

loriann signori said...

Thanks so much Jala!

SamArtDog said...

I would've said that the underpainting is quite enough with its to-die-for color. Then you shoot the curl with yellow. You made your point beautifully

loriann signori said...

Hi Sam, I love it "shoot the curl" with yellow! Spoken like a Hawaiian surfer girl.Thanks for your comment!

Liz Steinglass said...

That underpainting is on fire!

loriann signori said...

woohoo liz!
I am having a lot of fun with the large painting!