Warm and Cool ... and what it means for the artist.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1911, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) Oil on canvas
Join David, Connie and Judy as they talk about the use of warm and cool colors and how they can help the artist create a stronger compositionin terms of foreground and distance and also as a tool to emphasize form.
High key color is an important facet of the plein air painting and nowhere is it better demonstrated than by the Spanish painter, Sorolla. What is it about warm high key colors that elevate our moods? How can one not be uplifted by the sight of such glorious tones? As David tells his students, "Remember warm and cool colors will create form in your paintings, that is, concavity and convexity." And, "White makes light, but color makes bright!"
Warm and cool colors also create atmosphere in a painting. Warm colors tend to come forward and cool colors traditionally recede into the background. Look at this piece by John Singer Sargent of Lake O'Hara.
left: John Singer Sargent, Lake O'Hara, 1916, o/c, Harvard Art Museums/ Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
right: Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Mending the Sails, 1896, o/c, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, Italy
And so, next time you are setting out to paint plein air, remember to accentuate your warm and cool colors to create a bolder canvas.
"On the sixth day, God created the artist, realizing no doubt that He had far from exhausted the uses of color."
— Robert Brault
Wishing you a great week of painting, or a great week looking at paintings.
David, Connie and Judy