Saturday, March 20, 2010

Raw Color...365 Days of Drawing

I have been exploring color for quite a while now, aided by my time art residency in Dinan where I really started to UNDERSTAND what excited me and what didn't and HOW to get there.

Greyed color versus raw, that kind of thing. Too much grey is too blah for my eye, too much color is too raw, as jarring as eating undercooked fish.

I have been working with just three colors and black for quite a while now. That was what I took to Dinan. I have stuck with it for about two years, learning the color wheel and how to mix.

Here is a simple tree at sunset playing with these thoughts. The content of the drawing unimportant but the color is. Also, letting the simple mass of dark value aid the composition, around drawing.

Charcoal, oil and wash.

5" x 7"


Marian Fortunati said...

Lovely, Johanna!!

I like your descriptions as well!!

Roseanne said...

an organic explosion! Love the drama of the dark & color!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thanks Marian...

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thanks Rosie...we are all about the drama! N'est ce pas?