Tuesday, July 08, 2008

What colors do I see?



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California has over 1,400 forest fires that are burning mostly in the central and southern parts of the state, but the smoke from these fires significantly affects the air quality in Shasta. This morning I followed a road that connects the northern route of Shasta with the quaint town of McCloud and the eastern slopes of the foothills. I painted this northern view of Mt Shasta with the visible haze that shrouds the mountain in a smoky veil.

When artists see a mass such as a distant mountain like Mt. Shasta, they see values and know that these values are variations of gray. Trained artists not only see values, but also see colors that they can attribute to the values. These colors are often subtle but are very important to include. To see the color of a value, it is useful to visualize a color wheel and ask, “What colors do I see?” Look for hints of red, yellow, or blue in the gray. If you cannot confirm a color, assign one. Just make it up. Artists often paint beautiful color harmonies and transitions by focusing on their feelings of being there - with their eyes closed, using their imagination to guide their color choices.
Like a great mystery plot in a movie, these subtle colors are present, but the artist must collect the clues to solve the underlying puzzle, “How can I reflect the subtle changes in values and colors to enhance the expression of my experiences as I paint what inspires me?”

If you are interested in experiencing a breakthrough weekend that will take your art to the next level, visit our new website at http://www.thegrandview.com/., and you can download my free book where I share “Everything I know About Painting.”

I hope that we can build a community of artists that can share information with each other.

If you know of any artists that might appreciate being included, let them know about this blog.

I hope to offer more painting tips as this conversation continues.If you have questions that you would like me to answer, please don’t hesitate to email me anytime.

I welcome your feedback. Stefan_Baumann@yahoo.com

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