Series 3: EXPLORING THE LOST EDGE
This lesson is S3L1, Merging Light Values of the EXPLORING LOST EDGES Series. Using as her subject three green apples in a neutral environment, as Dianne moves through this lesson, she pays attention to where light values are similar from shape to shape, then merges the edges rather than defining them. She adjusts negative areas to be consistent with the light source while strengthening the overall composition.
We create lost edges by allowing values from adjacent shapes to merge rather than defining them so that the edge disappears.
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.