Friday, April 30, 2010

Where the Masses Meet is Where the Color Sleeps!

This week has been pretty crazy weather wise, we have had short sleeve shirt (in the sun) weather and yesterday I had snow landing on my palette.... For the most part spring has sprung in Maine and the grass is getting greener (finally!) .
I have decided that just one last gray scale comparison will do it this week and thought it was a good one to do this with, here's why. The colors are what some would call "crazy" or "Imaginative" I see these colors as fine comparisons of warm/cool and lighter/darker but you can judge for yourself. Either way it works in the gray scale and proves a point that a value is only a light or a dark in comparison to the value next to it.. If you took the unlit side of the building in this piece and made a sample chip to hold up to other paintings you would see that it could be a "Light", in this one it works as "in shadow. This piece was painted at Cozy Harbor in Boothbay, its 8x10.
The top piece is from a day up on Mount Battie here in Camden Maine. It was a day of on and off rain, this one is when the rain clouds left for the day. I am not sure why the top left of the image looks dirty??? In real life it is clean color. This piece is a 20x16.

Quote" "I have observed a number of works which actually lead one to assume that certain people's eyes show them things differently from the way they really are ... who perceive - or as they would doubtless say 'experience' - the meadows as blue, the sky as green, the clouds as sulphurous yellow, and so on ... I wish to prohibit such unfortunates, who clearly suffer from defective vision, from trying to foist the products of their faulty observation on to their fellow men as though they were realities, or indeed from dishing them up as 'art'."Adolf Hitler, 1937.
there.. do you really wanna have to the same opinions on color as that guy????
"The craving for colour is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Colour is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated colour with his joys, his actions and his pleasures."-- Frenand Leger, "On Monumentality and Color", 1943.
I'm guessing these two didn't share a six pack.. LOL.. thanks for stopping by, Dan


Michael Pieczonka said...

Nice work man.. I like the way you mass the values and don't get too fussy.

Vicki Sergent said...

I think your attention to values is definately paying off--an especially nice series of pieces coming off the easel lately.

Dan Corey said...

Thank you Michael, I do get pretty fussy, maybe Im getting better at hiding that.

HI Vicki, Thank you, I am doing these value comparisons to help others see what is really doing the work in these paintings.

To painters: especially beginners! If you are reading this and have a question please feel free to leave it here or you can send to my personal email (painter03@yahoo) and I will do my best to help you out. If you are to shy to ask just study great paintings and it will all start to sink in eventually. I think J.S.Sargent paintings in black+white are the absolute best examples to learn value control from. Dan

Knitting Painter Woman said...

exciting paintings and great observation. I'm sure that Money and Richard Estes, for example, would have different optometric "needs."

Dan Corey said...

Thank you KNP. Nice comparison.

Mick Carney said...

As you know I'm struggling a bit with values and colour at the moment. This series of posts are good learning material for me. I particularly like the way you create the impression of greater value change with you use of colour. The black and white images have given us another dimension to inform our understanding and enjoyment.

Whilst always understanding that Adolf was not all there, your quote confirms every negative thought I'd had about him.

Dan Corey said...

Hey Mick, great Im glad you like them. Temp shifts can make a subtle value change seem bigger then it is, its a nice surprise when its found in nature.
True, he was "not all there".

Becky Joy said...

I just found your blog through Marc Hanson about the easel. I had never heard of that type. Anyway, love your paintings. Wonderful light, brushstrokes, color and values.

Dan Corey said...

HI Becky, Thank you very much!