S10 L3 Bringing Color to Grays
In this lesson, S10L3 Bringing Color to Grays of our TRANSPOSING COLOR series, Dianne uses an a dull gray river scene on an overcast day to demonstrate how we can transpose grays to bring out the hidden color within them. Many times, artists will reject a subject because it’s not colorful enough. This lesson shows that bringing color into grays while retaining the feeling of gray can give us another tool for transposing color.
Included with your download is a PDF of a 10 percent saturation intensity wheel you can use as a tool to find the hue dominant in grays you are observing.
When we switch our attention from what a subject is to how we compose it, we have unlimited potential for visual expression. Transposing colors is wonderful composing tool. Just the simple switch away from the identity of the subject expands the artist’s options. Dianne hopes that this series will help to find clarity and self confidence as well as bring home a realization the your creativity is limited only by the limits you, yourself, put on it.
Among contemporary artists whose work reflects a confident use of transposing grays, Lori Putnam stands out as most adroit. Take a look at her work HERE. Also, check out Margaret Kessler HERE and her book, Color Harmony HERE. Also, you can see examples of how Dianne works with transposing grays, by visiting her Earth’s Flora and Fauna page.