The other day I was reading a post about artist Melissa Chandon on artstormer.com, and I was inspired and reminded of a principle that I learned in college. Contrast doesn’t only have to do with color, but with value, texture, content, form…etc. Melissa Chandon’s paintings have great contrast. I am totally in love with the texture of the sky against the flatness of the car and the foreground.I was so in love that I decided to try it on my current painting of my nephew Asher. Here is what it looked like the last time I showed you.
As you can see I also changed a couple of colors around. You know how I get once I start experimenting with color. It could be another month before I finally settle on the right one for the shirt on the left. I didn’t, although it looks like it, change the skin color of my nephew in the foreground. It is the new colors around him that made his skin tone warmer. Crazy, right?
So what do you think of this contrast madness? Although it isn’t necessarily how you would see things in real life, do you prefer it or do you like paintings to look more realistic?