Contrast is the arrangement of opposite elements in art. When we are talking about light vs. dark, white and yellow tend to have the lightest values, while black has the darkest. To tell if your work has the contrast you are looking for, it’s good to see your work in black and white to check for contrast. Below is a black and white shot of the giraffe painting:
The silhouettes make this easy- but it works just as well with a seascape where everything is a shade or tint of blue.
Here is the finished work- this was bought by a very nice dad for his kid for Christmas-AWESOME!!!
I was sorting paint and came to a tube that I thought was dried up –bought it that way the local art store, did not want to return it b/c hey, they are a locally owned store…next time check first! 🙂 Anyway, I had the wrong one, had a good tube instead, gave it a squeeze and out came about an inch of fine artist acrylic paint in a shade called perylene green.
I added it to a work in progress for the dark shadows in the water at the bottom of the wave- nice result! So, good to not waste the paint, even better to find a nice new pigment for ocean water.
“Tube” 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas.
What did the Hulk look like as a kid? ….now we know. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12″ Short, sweet, and a fun thing to paint.
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Just when it is starting to get cold, here is a warm water surf painting. Acrylic, 11 x 14 panel. Pthalo blue, cerulean, and for the sky, I mixed a little Ultramarine blue with a lot of Titanium white. Good idea to use a different, cooler blue to separate sky from water. If there is not enough of a difference, mix a little gray in the sky to set it apart.
Acrylics dry darker that they look wet, so don’t fear the bold highlight on these.
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