"LOVE" Painting Monochromatically:
Knowledge Vs Experience:
February is the month known as the LOVE month! Well, I must tell you I Love Art! I have often reread an old art instruction book, or heard one of my art friends tell me something that I had in fact already heard before, and found that this time, the information held a completely new significance for me. It's not just knowledge; I must put action to my ideas! I had been struggling with trying to solve a particular painting problem and now the information was the answer I was looking for. I might have heard the same thing three or four years previously and it went straight over my head because at that time, I had not yet run into that painting problem in my work.
Also, I believe you are the sum total of your experiences and each year that base of experience changes. How receptive you are to new information depends on your prior experience. Often you are not receptive to a piece of information the first time you come across it. You may read something today and it may seem insignificant and not important. Read the same piece of information in two or three years’ time and it may be much more significant and help you solve a painting problem you have been struggling with. I am learning more and more about painting monochromatically, and I invite you to continue reading more about this below. Don’t forget to sign up for Art News when you visit https://www.rejoicefineart.com to get FREE “Tips to Studio Organization.”
Artist Robert Sherer, Used by Permission.
Understanding the use of value will create a more dynamic painting. Learning to create in monochrome is a major skill for most artists. To paint in monochrome, it is essential that you learn how to utilize color and shade scale. Shade scales will allow you to understand and accurately use color values to create your monochrome painting. For a traditional monochrome painting, you will use only one single color of paint, plus black and white shades to create different color values in your image. Robert Sherer, artist of the above painting, is an example of an artist specializing in monochrome.
Things You'll Need:
2. Draw the image you want to paint on your canvas or paper.
3. Create a color scale. In this case your middle color, for example, will be blue with white on one side and black on the other side. On the white side, paint progressively lighter swatches of blue color until the color is pure white. Do the same on the opposite side for black. When you are done, you should have a line of color painted on a piece of paper. This line should start with white and then go slowly darkening through a variety of light blue shades until it reaches pure blue and then begins to darken to black. You can do this exact process with any color, but make sure it is a "pure" color, not a value (made by mixing white or black with a color).
4. Use your color scale to paint your image. This can be somewhat difficult to do depending on the complexity of the subject, but essentially you should use the lighter shades in areas that light strikes and the darker shades in the shadows. You should only rarely use the pure color, which will be very striking, so save it for important details or things that you want to highlight. The idea of your color scale is to help you mix the exact "value" so that you can paint it consistently every time. It will also help you see what values you need to paint with. For example, if you are painting a face in a light blue shade, you will use the light shade on one side to highlight that blue and the darker shade to shadow it. You can also skip values; for example, using a color two values away to make for a more striking effect. The closer the values are to each other, the more subtle the effect will be.
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From the time as a small girl, I have always admired artwork. My passion is to live for my Lord Jesus Christ, to glorify Him in all that I do. Whether in ministry, the writing and publishing industry, or in the arts, I live to please Him.