Friday, July 27, 2012

That Camera Thing

John MacKenzie sent me a photo of his painting done in a dry creek bed in Belfountain.  The light swatches caressing the tree were basically Tints of Cadmium Yellow (Titanium White plus Cadmium Yellow - cooling the yellow, making it opaque and lighter).

Dry Gulch, 10x12, Oil on Board

Flavours of Tom Thomson.  Nice little image.  As John said, "It didn't look like this!  Go Figure".  He used a Nikon on auto setting for the image.  So here is a Canon version.

Dry Gulch, 10x12, Oil on Board

Interesting.  The second image is closer to reality.  The Canon receptor apparently makes a warmer image  (my Camera guy pointed this out to me some years ago).  The lighting was different.  The Canon was on manual mode which I generally find makes a better picture than automatic.  So, values are different as is chroma.

By painting from life you will find your visual memory improves so you are better able to finish in the studio or to paint from photo reference.

John used a cadmium yellow tint as a ground colour.  The light pervades the painting and the darks also work well.  Experimenting with coloured grounds is an interesting process.

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