I started this painting in Karen Vernon’s workshop this October. The photo I worked from is hers. The photo showed two mangos and a pear. I broke up the trio by moving one to the mangos to the wall.
We spent one of the five days working on color. The lessons aren’t unique, but certainly useful. Color has several properties, hue, intensity, value, temperature. Hue is the actual color. Intensity is the brightness or dullness of the color. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. Temperature is the warmth or coldness of a color. Blue is the coldest color and yellow the warmest.
We spent one one morning working on changing color value without changing any of the other properties. This is not as straight forward as it appears as some colors de-intensify or intensify as they are diluted with water. Adding a bright and warmer hue of the same color will re-intensify a color.
Then we de-intesified the colors at each value. As I discussed earlier in a blog about gray, the way to deintensify a color is to add it’s compliment. Red and green deintensify each other as do purple and yellow and blue and orange.
Colors will appear brighter next to their compliment and next to deintensified color.
In the afternoon we discussed the color of shadows. Shadows are generally the deintensified compliment of the color of the object casting them as altered by the color of the surface they fall on.
Light will bounce from surface to surface. Thus one object will affect the color of the object next too it.
This little painting is a lesson in color begun in the workshop. I rarely work from other people’s photos, but this painting began with one of Karen’s photos. The photo showed two mangos and a pear. I moved the second mango onto the wall.
The bright fruit works well for playing with the color concepts we discussed in class. The green pear and the red mango are compliments. Therefore the shadow of each is the color of the other. The red of the mango reflects onto the green of the pear. The deintesified floor helps make the relatively intensified color of the fruit pop. The background is almost as bright as the fruit, but it’s darker and much cooler in temperature. Both dark values and cooler colors tend to recede.
This painting is protected with a polymer varnish and may be framed with or without glass.