Friday, March 5, 2010

Color version

Using my previous sketches and value study as reference I painted a color version of Wednesday's painting. Because my original reference was a black and white photo today's quick exercise indicates that as long as the values are correct the painting will "read" correctly.


Oil on 5 x 7 gessoboard.

11 comments:

Caio Fernandes said...

you're right , totaly right !
and it got great !


hey!!! this is the first time a "catch you" when you're posting !
everyday i just see your posts in the morning here !

Bonnie Heather said...

Nice! Love the feel of it.

AutumnLeaves said...

"As long as the values are correct, the painting will read correctly..." An astute comment that has me thinking hard. You have done a beautiful job by adding color and keeping the palette fairly simple. Still and yet, I really like that black and white version. It just has a whole different mood for me, a timelessness that is hard to equal. Your work is just exquisite, Celeste. I so enjoy each and every piece!

Kathy said...

The value of a grisaille cannot be overstated. Nice job!! I really like the tone of this painting and the figure shrouded in mystery. Masterful.

billspaintingmn said...

Celeste, I love how you play with color!
Actually it's hard work, but you
make it fun to view.
The feeling in your art is another
add to the mix along with the values.
Your paintings are recipes that feed the soul : )

ArtSparker said...

And I like that touch of red/neon.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

You've put in just the right amount of color to keep it a nocturne but suggest the colors. Great!

martinealison said...

Très réussie cette toile...

Sheila said...

Hmmm... easier said and done by you I'm afraid. I've tried transfering color values to a B&W photo. I have miles to go before I rest...

Kaylyn said...

I look at a lot of art. On the web. In museums. On my easel. All around me. Value is perhaps the most important element that distinguishes interesting and quality art from the rest. And it is so difficult to apply this simple maxim.

I trotted into a studio review class thinking I had some good stuff to show. First comment....no value. I was appalled and chagrined. I thought I was being subtle. I was being boring.

Nearly every one of the artists in this loose circle of blogspot friends (including me) would do well to do these exercises Celeste is doing. And in every painting to find the darks and mix up a luscious blend of Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue til its nearly black and us it liberally to define the shapes and shadows of their work.

The simple rule is: you CAN NOT get a sense of light and form into your work without working the dark and the edges!!!

Celeste, thank you for starting our work for us. We all have a lot to learn.

Suzanne said...

Very impressive ,Celeste ! I love what you did following Michael's value sketch ideas. I'm still working on repeating some of mine. With the golden rule...