B1-Guiding the Eye with Temperature: Setting the Path
SERIES TWO: CREATING VISUAL PATHS–In painting, we create visual paths using movements and rhythms created by how we place images and elements of emphasis to create a direction for the eye to follow.
LESSON Two, PART One–Guiding the Eye with Temperature 1: Setting the Path
Using the color wheel, Dianne explains the four components of color, selecting temperature as the component with which to guide the eye in this study. Using a river scene as model, she shows you how to organize the process. In step 1, she shows how to select colors for the palette, then in step 2, she introduces the concept of Notan, guiding you through how to read the shadow areas to create a notan that defines the major path. In step 3, she uses the notan for applying the cool and warm colors within areas in shadow and those not in shadow. These three steps prepare the study for Part Two of the lesson on separate video.
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Most artists try to avoid the principles of composition because to them these principles represents academic restriction, but Dianne has invented a method of teaching the composing principles that make them come alive, a working toolbox for the painting rather than restrictive rules. In this exploration of how temperature contrasts can guide the eye, she calls the action a warm-cool conversation within the study.