Key Dis­cov­er­ies in Prac­tice: Italy, Pianello

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Idid this oil sketch in the gar­den of my stu­dio in Italy. The paint­ing uses the key dis­cov­ery sec­ondary color har­mony. The red-or­ange of the roof of the barn and the or­ange leaves of the bushes whose leaves are just turn­ing color at the end of the sum­mer, cre­ate a nice har­mony with the warm greens of the trees and the fore­ground grass, and the vi­o­lets in the hill be­hind.

One of the key prin­ci­ples of paint­ing is the idea of con­trast. You can see that idea here be­ing used in the key dis­cov­ery of warm/cool con­trast that we have talked about in ear­lier is­sues. You can cre­ate this con­trast of course at the macro level, in the large shapes of the paint­ing. But you can also use it in the de­tailed brush­work. In the de­tail of the trees and sky, you can see that ad­ja­cent brush­strokes al­ter­nate be­tween warm red vi­o­lets and cool blue vi­o­lets. This adds a com­pletely new di­men­sion of ab­strac­tion to the paint­ing that can be quite beau­ti­ful.

An­other key dis­cov­ery used in this paint­ing is con­trast of sat­u­ra­tion. In the de­tail of the house, you can see the highly sat­u­rated yel­low and or­ange color spots con­trast with the dark blue-gray ar­eas and with the less sat­u­rated green ar­eas. Only by cre­at­ing this con­trast can the color in your paint­ing re­ally “sing.”

To prac­tice and master each of the three key dis­cov­er­ies men­tioned, join the Vir­tual Art Academy® Ap­pren­tice Pro­gram.

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