Monday, May 7, 2012

temperature mapping

10x10 pastel on watercolor

Ah! It's the warm and wonderful time of plein air! That joy and wonder sometimes leads to leisurely thinking and sometimes a little to picky-picky, detail-ism. To prevent this one thing I try to do when outdoors is to make not only a dark/light map (notan), but also a temperature map. When I say a temperature map I mean in terms of warmth. Excitement is made when warm and cool do a dance, but, the question is.... is it sunlight or shade? Don't let those little spots of warmth in a cool area or cool in a predominately warm area confuse you. Remember you are in charge. You want it to read all the warmth of sunlight.
When I talk with students about the warm/cool mapping they say it's hard. What I have found helps is to always do a value map (notan) first. The skeleton that provides is incredibly valuable. That means all your effort can go into the temperature analysis.
That's it for now!


Deborah Elmquist said...

As always, your advice is excellent but not so easy to do. I know it takes practice. Is a temperature map similar to a color study?

Vinayak Deshmukh said...

Wow! Beautifully done!

loriann signori said...

Hi Deborah,
I guess that depends. To me it's more like a notan. Instead of 4 big blocks of value it's the major shapes of temperature. In landscape painting- shade and sun. Does that make sense?

Thanks Vinayak!