View of the Water
5x7, acrylic on board
I've been teaching a Color Confidence class at the Art League. We've had sessions on color mixing, color harmonies, values, temperature, and color keys. We'll be color charting and considering palettes this week.
Color is very much dependent on light, and the color of the light. Think about your bedroom when you wake up in the night. Everything is gray. It's not until the morning dawn brings light into the room that the colors slowly reveal themselves.
Color is affected by many factors, including the light, the angle of the light, what's around it, and how much light there is. If the light is very strong, sometimes it absorbs, or washes out the color. Our atmosphere also affects color. Dust, humidity, pollution, times of year, all affect the way we see and interpret color.
I love the mysteries of color and light. We're learning more about how the eye sees vibration, iridescence, luminosity, chromatic effects and luster all the time. But when I can get the effect of a quiet dawn or a glowing sunset in a painting, I'm satisfied with my work.