I want to be useful as an artist. These paintings are for an audience. They are not just for me. The more in touch with myself I get, the more I am just going to assume that other people will like them too.
Creating Movement Through Color
Painting: Song of the Nightingale
by Hans Hoffman
1964, Oil on canvas
84 x 72 inches
Class notes on Color, SAIC, 1992
Strive for awareness of movement from:
- warm to cool
- bright to dull
- repetition to change
- quiet to noisy
Know that you are:
- warming or cooling it or dulling it
- giving it more bite or less harshness
- creating a more precise opposition to a color already on the canvas.
Three colors are sufficient to mix.
Avoid mud and brashness (color that go nowhere).
- qualities that affect our perception of a patch of color:
- contextual functions, like variations, shift, and climax.
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