Friday, July 16, 2010

Mini Comps - Color Notation on Site

I was  pleased with class last week.  All of you dove in and spent the entire class working in sketchbooks on black and white comps.  I feel that the process clicked for a few of you.  Do more this week at home.  They don't have to be landscape comps.  It is about seeing the abstract shapes in any design ... so you could do a comp of the breakfast dishes before you clear the table.

Remember next week in class, July 21st, you will be working in color on several small landscape paintings from your black and white comps. I will bring in examples.  In the afternoon, however, you are invited to stay and try mini color comps, no larger than 2 x 3".  This is a dry run for the class on the 28th.  Place only enough color spots to describe the light and shadow families of landscape.  Hopefully, this will develop into a quick notation system you can use on location, one that will record information about chroma and temperature (hue).  A black and white comp can record only value and design.  Why is this important?  Because a photograph simply does not record the wealth of information about color that a color sketch or even written notes taken at the scene can.  Also, if you take the time to do a color spot sketch or take color notes, you will remember the scene much more vividly that you would taking a photograph.

I will add some examples of the above to this post before class next week.

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