Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In Search of Light

I read an interesting tidbit in an old magazine Color, a special publication put out by American Artist. One article had some exercises in working with relative values.
So I tested the colors I've been using to try to capture the effects of bright sunlight to see how they'd convert to a grayscale. I painted a few squares using hansa yellow, cad yellow light (hue), and white with yellow ochre. And cad red light hue just to show how dark it is in value, no matter how bright the color appears. When those are changed to grays in Photoshop, you can see how they compare to the lightest value of white (the background). The yellow ochre with white actually gives me the lightest value. Anyway ... I thought this was interesting to see that even if a color is very bright, its value maybe is not so light.


7 comments:

Linda said...

This is very interesting. I always have problems with values. I may have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

Denise R said...

This is so interesting to me. I always get a little confused when reading about the value of a color and it helps to see it like this. Thanks so much!

Debra D Russell said...

Thanks Robin. These posts are really helping to pull me out of my slump. When nothing is working it's hard to keep painting! I'm trying all your exercises and it's helping!

-Don said...

Great value study. Thanks for sharing. -Don

Anonymous said...

Want to try this with cool colors for us?

Boardy said...

I found this particularly useful, and really appreciate it when artists include a "micro lesson."
Thanks!
B

Donna MacDonald said...

Thanks Robin - a great little demo!

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