Sunday, March 18, 2012
Color and Space
We entered into oil painting and color perspective. It was about becoming more sensitive.
We started by observing objects and models and rendering what we saw on paper. To do this we used charcoal, then various shades of watercolor paint. We simplified the broad and differentiated field of vision into simple areas which we created with a few shades of paint and then the white of our paper. Gradually we increased the subtlety of our shading. Eventually we looked at our flat paper and saw figures in space, we saw light and dark relationships which had come out of spatial observation. This is something quite interesting, experiencing space on a two dimensional surface. Then we took these sketches and transformed dark areas into depth by using colors which distance themselves from us. We rendered the light areas with colors which approach us. The three dimensional space which had been our point of departure disappeared. In its wake a new space opened. The figures came apart. The more flat we painted the more this new space opened out and in. Instead of a static and empty physical space, a color space appeared, a depth with an abundance of content, a space filled with life and moods.
This was our goal, bringing to awareness the threshold between the flat life of color and form, and sculptural experience of three dimensional space. From one perspective, the more flat colors are, the more they are not.