Harmony Through Contrast

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If we return to 1872, a moment in which many contemporary European artists were testing the effects of new colors and the new 19th century  color theories, especially  simultaneous contrast.  The results of these experiments lead directly to Impressionism, Pointillism, … Continued

Neural Vision

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Because we are born diurnal, edge-detecting, break-spotters whose vision depends upon memory as much as incoming retinal data and, because we are born looking for familiar simple patterns and, because our eyes refocus 4 to 3 times per second building … Continued

Raising Contrasts

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Because our attention is drawn to edges and anomalies we build pictures around these points of contrast. The contrast can be created in color, value, scale, proximity, and a variety of other opposites. Da Vinci listed his contrasting themes in … Continued

Sketch, Design, Paint

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If DaVinci sketched before painting in 1500 and, if 500 years earlier Fan Kuan of  China’s Song Dynasty sketched before painting and, if Van Gogh sketched in 1888 before painting then, let’s conclude that sketching must be a valuable even … Continued

Atmospheres of Light and Dark

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The introduction of dissolving luminous atmosphere as practiced by J.M.W.  Turner and luminous 19th century tonalists like Corot or George Inness begins with Claude Lorrain.  All of these artists usually practiced the application of atmospheric perspective by dropping an obscuring … Continued