Friday, March 21, 2008

Light on Gondola 1

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14 x 10 in  -  36 x 25 cm     Watercolor    
I have been trying to pay more attention to composition. Once you are sitting in front of a particular scene (or even photograph) the main issue of composition is control of the light and dark values. When sight first arose the brain only saw in shades of gray and only much later, with our fruit eating primates ancestors, did color our vision arise. For this reason the brain relates principally to shades of light and dark the 'tonal map' of an image.

Before painting this tryout work I had a go at a quick 7 x 5 in (18 x 13 cm) large tonal thumbnail. The theory is that if you can get the thumbnail looking interesting then the painting has a good chance of also being interesting.

This is the reference image I worked from. Taken in Venice (of course) in 2006.

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