This week I’ve spent time thinking about how to use light and color differently. I’ve been looking for clues in the watercolor paintings of J.M.W. Turner who created works 200 years ago with an incredible feeling of atmosphere and depth. I’ve also been looking at the work of Direk Kingnok, a current artist from Thailand. He creates shapes out of light and shadow and his paintings have a similar feeling of thick atmosphere. The way either of them use light and shadow is amazing, creating dark values that still glow. I greatly admire both for how loose and confident their works feel.
In my own work, I sometimes think that colors can grow too sweet and need to be muted by some degree. I’ve been trying to exercise some control over bright color by mixing mostly transparent shades of grey and working them over dried areas of pure color. I’ve also been paying more attention to creating depth and form through subtle shadows. It’s been helpful to find ways to bring down some of the bright colors when painting scenes of a city filled with brightly colored buildings. I’m pretty happy with the results and I’m sure I will continue figuring things out.
Thank you to all that looked at my Etsy shop, ArtFromBrian, last week. I look forward to adding more items and making more connections with people that love paintings.
Here is one work from this week that, hopefully, illustrates a more measured approach to light and color.