Monday, April 19, 2010

Values..... what have you done to me?...


OK the title is a little dramatic... Here are some more images in both Color and black and white. Please let me know what you think of these in comparison of the B+W versus the Color. Also let me know if these comparisons are affecting any your work and helping you keep values on the front of your mind, I would love to hear the feedback.

Images from top to bottom, 12x16, 8x10, 6x8.

Quote: "…As I understand it, we of course agree perfectly about black in nature. Absolute black does not really exist. But like white, it is present in almost every color, and forms the endless variety of grays -- different in tone and strength. So that in nature one really sees nothing else but those tones or shades. " Van Gogh..










































8 comments:

Frank Gardner said...

Good stuff Dan. Love that middle one! Really.
Values are always at the front of my mind. Posting them like this reminds me to think of the overall value pattern in terms of black and white (value).

Mick Carney said...

First of all, I love these the second and third in particular. You are certainly expanding the value range of your work but for me just as important to the impact of these is possibly best exemplified in the last one where the wonderful chroma of the foreground gives the impression of a brighter value than that shown in the monochrome image. Te more I look at that third one the more impressive it becomes.

Kirby said...

These paintings look really great.

Just curious what are the black and white versions for. What are they showing us?

~Kirby

Dan Corey said...

Thanks Frank, Yes (in mad scientist voice)Patterns!....Patterns!

hi Mick, Thank you. I have always felt that chroma/intensity is the third dimension in our two dimensional images.

Hi Kirby, Thank you. I think depending on where you are in your journey/evolution as a painter you can see different things in these B+W images. They are here more as a lesson on color vs value, mostly for beginner/novice painters. Keeping track of changing a color, chroma or a temperature and saving value change for the big things in your painting (like the third one)(to me) can really help a piece breath and be pleasing to the eye no matter how simple or mundane the subject.. (That third painting is part of the building where I live and my studio is FYI) This is best shown in B+W along with the color images, because color can trick your eyes if your not carefull. hope that helps.

JMahorney said...

These are just beautiful Dan! But my fav is certainly the last one. I'm always attracted to a really strong separation of the light family and the shadow family. Look your B/W version of it is almost a notan. It's exactly the kind of strong separation that I aspire to. That said, one of my favorite things about you is the way you handle sensitive temperature changes. I've seen you carry a scene beautifully that way, where I would have been lost.

Dan Corey said...

Hey Jeff, you are very kind in your words about my work, Thank you! If I can pass on an approximate quote from a great painter.. "If you want to paint light, its all about temperature". By temperature I believe it was implied as temp shifts, ie warm and cool. This was said to me after I painted that "third one" but it really helped me identify what it is that can make a piece more interesting or have that spark that well painted light effects often have.

RC Reese said...

nice work dan

Dan Corey said...

Thank you.