Series 3: EXPLORING THE LOST EDGE
This lesson is S3L4, Gradating Through Edges of the EXPLORING LOST EDGES Series. Using as her subject a mountain creek surrounded by woods, Dianne shows how we can use lost edges to create distance by gradating background shapes, allowing one color to blend into another as values move gradually from dark to light.
We create lost edges by allowing values from adjacent shapes to merge rather than defining them so that the edge disappears. Our sense of closure allows us to read the shape, even though some edges are absent.
Lost edges give both unity and intrigue to a two-dimensional work. They allow the artist to guide the viewer’s attention by losing edges where we want the eye to flow and sharpen edges where we want the viewer to pause.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for using color schemes. Dianne’s approach to teaching is to show you ways to think about making choices and decisions so that you can work these into your own unique approach to painting.