bunn (bunn) wrote,

Colour & tone

I went to an artists group meeting yesterday evening where someone was talking about her art (silk-screen printing using old maps and letters) they were pretty, but not entirely to my taste.   I liked the idea of them, but visually they were a bit too... similar, I suppose.  But perhaps I should have seen them in the reality : she had brought a slideshow, but it's not the same.

Anyway, after that bit, we did a painting exercise looking at colour and tone : the idea being that when you are looking at colours, it can be hard to work out if the tone is a pale one or a dark one. She gave us a black and white card, and we had to paint the tones in it using colours, with the aid of a phone, which we used to change the colours to black and white so we could see the tones and not the colours we were painting with. 

I don't know if that makes any sense.  This was the original card I got to paint:

So I put my paints on the paper, and photographed them in black and white for a reference, then I tried to use the black and white photo of the colours as a reference.  This is what I ended up with.

Turn it back to black and white and you get this, which is not unlike, I think.

I wished I'd used more reds and less yellows.  Blue and red is perhaps more pleasing than blue and yellowy colours like buff titanium.  Or perhaps I should have mixed shades rather than using them straight from the tube.  Still, it was a fun exercise and I had not thought of pulling all the colour out of an image like that.
Tags: arty stuff

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