Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Color Loudness

Bright colors are popular with many art buyers, and many painters, realising this, tend to indiscriminately exaggerate color regardless of the subject and lighting conditions and mood. The result is that their work can seem unconvincing. (which is not to say that photographic accuracy should be the aim). The loudness is stimulating initially, but soon becomes tiring.

However, the intense colours in these beautiful landscapes,  by the American artist Mark Kerckhoff, are appropriate, as his subjects here are arid badlands where the light is intense.
Vibrancy of color is not achieved by simply turning up the 'volume' of color, but by an understanding of complementarities.

Top: 20 x 24 inches
Bottom: 12 x 16 inches.