The new science
The purpose of this Post is to provide a link to Chapter 10 “Illusory pictorial space and light”, from my book, “Painting with Light and Colour”. This provides a simplified explanation of the science behind the ideas developed in earlier chapters concerning ways of creating and/or enhancing effects of illusory pictorial space by means of using mixtures containing small proportions of complementary colours. In the process it explains why the same method can be used to create harmony in paintings. It also explains why colour repetition has the potential, not only to produce visual discord, but also to generate optical excitements.
Examples of painting space and creating harmony with colour
Examples of repeated colours without mixtures of complementaries
Other chapters from “Painting with Light and Colour”:
- Introduction: the little known Science behind many of the original practical suggestions.
- Chapter 1 : The dogmas
- Chapter 2 : Doubts
- Chapter 3 : The nature of painting
- Chapter 4: Renaissance ideas
- Chapter 5 : New Science on offer
- Chapter 6 : Early Modernist Painters
- Chapter 7 : The perception of surface
- Chapter 8 : Seurat and painting with light
- Chapter 9 : Seeing Light
Other Posts on colour and light in painting:
- What are colourists (1): Some of the many meanings of the word
- What are colourists (2): Difference between meaning of the word for Venetian Colourists and for Modernist Colourists?
Chapters from “What Scientists can Learn from Artists” that go more deeply into some of the subjects referred in the Posts above