Thursday, January 06, 2011

The National Palace of Sintra

Quite a while ago, I posted a photo of the study I did in preparation for this painting.  That study was roughly 3 x 5 inches.   This painting is 15 x 20 inches.  It's not entirely finished; it's at the point where I'll put it up out of sight for a few days.  The next time I look at it, hopefully whatever I need to do next will be readily apparent.

1 comment:

Ran said...

This one is coming along nicely.

Want something to read while you're decompressing? Here's something from my Architecture / Art History days: There's a classical approach to spacial color that involves linking depth to "temperature" - cooler, less saturated tones to the background, and relatively warmer, relatively saturated colors to the foreground. Mimics atmospheric depth effect. That, and by fortunate coincidence the human eye quite literally focusses the warm end closer than the cool end of the spectrum. One of the "ancient" classics is a book by the Bauhaus genius JOHANNES ITTEN: The Art of Color. It's available as an edited primer called Itten - The Elements of Color, by Faber Birren.

I use the techniques today: When I set-up a rendered space, I use a cooler, gentle blue as the default shadow and "ambient" light, much as occurs outdoors under a blue sky. Direct light is like the Sun: slightly yellow/orangish.

Subtle shift, both of them, but combined, objects feel far more "alive" than when I use default neutral white in both.