Saturday, June 20, 2009

What color is black?...

I'm finishing a comission right now of a black standard poodle. I've posted this picture, to discuss the nature of representing "black" in art. If you paint a large swath of black, it visually goes flat and dull. (see the silhouettes of the large rocks or the shadowed side of the rock in the foreground of the photo).

Black is not the absence of light. Black is all the colors mixed together. (when painting forget everything you ever learned about physics as it applies to light). To make "black" have energy and vibrancy, i.e. "aliveness" mix in all colors.

Be bold with your art, be unafraid... its only a canvas, or a sheet of paper. If it is a failed experiment gesso over it and start again.


Only with absolute fearlessness can we slay the dragons of mediocrity that invade our gardens. George Lois

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