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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

More on value

We were speaking about value in painting in my previous post. The times that I have been teaching, doing a demo or taking part in a workshop or watching a demo, someone is always writing down the colors the artist is using. They are hoping to take those same colors and do an identical color scheme and have their painting look just as great. I suppose it is possible if you copy the painting exactly. But, if you attempt to use those colors in a different context ... they will look different. Richard McKinley calls it simultaneous contrast and speaks to it in this post. He has a great illustration there of value in black and white.

In the example above the red on green and green on red are the same colors reversed. The pink and green are the same. Then you can see in the reds how the bright pure red looks so much brighter next to the dark red and vise versa.

In these samples above the orange circle is the same on the different color squares.


Valerie Jones said...

Nice post! Earlier this year I started researching color more in depth and love how different colors relate next to each other.

Jo Castillo said...

Valerie, it is interesting, isn't it? You can never learn enough, fast enough. :)

Linda Blondheim said...

The relationship between color and value is always fascinating isn't it? I did a tremendous amount of research for my "Let's Study Color" workshop book this year. It really opened my eyes to many more possibilities.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Linda, Thanks for stopping by. Color and value are always a challenge. Your workshop sounds great.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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