Monday, June 23, 2014

Light and Shade the Elements of Design

Art by Delilah With a Passion for Painting

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. Truman Capote

Value: Refers to the light and darkness of a tone.

A lot of us use the terms hue, tint, tone and shade when referring to color in art, but did you know each of these terms has a very specific meaning? For a painter, knowing the difference between them all is important when communicating concepts in your painting.

Tones are created when you add both black and white to a hue.
 Value contrast refers to the difference in value between one tone and another, Black and white represent the extreme of in value contrast with the varying shades of gray in the middle.

Adding black to a color will darken it. This is caller a shade. Adding white to the same color will lighten it , this is called a tint.

If you slightly squint your eyes, you will see that at least 2 and possibly 3 values of color make up any object in the natural world. Practice creating entire paintings with no more than 3 values on any object. Paint a few of those and you'll discern a rhythm between areas of 1, 2 and 3 values. It's a fun game.

A Morning Read
A Morning Read, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
A Morning Read
oil painting on a museum quality panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 4 in X 6 in (10.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $50 USD
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Price: $50 USD plus $8 USD s/h

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