Painting space with colour

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.

 

CHAPTER 10 – “ILLUSORY PICTORIAL SPACE & LIGHT”

 

Examples of painting space and creating harmony with colour

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Paul Cézanne: Still life, provides and example of how making a painting that fits into the rules of Professor Bouhusz-Szyszko creates  a sense of space, light and harmony.

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Pierre Bonnard : Landscape, provides a second example of how making a painting that fits into the rules of Professor Bouhusz-Szyszko creates  a sense of space, light and harmony.

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Examples of repeated colours without mixtures of complementaries

 

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Francis Bacon : On of his Pope paintings, in which repeated colours, whether intentionally or not, enhance shock value

 

 

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Jackson Pollock : Echo No 23 (detail) -The influential critic Clement Greenberg admired Pollock for creating a “space within the picture surface”.

 

 

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Victor Vassarely : Op Art – used lstrong cognitive cues and many repeating colours to create a powerful visual impact.

 

Other chapters from “Painting with Light and Colour”:

Other Posts on colour and light in painting:

 

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2 thoughts on “Painting space with colour”

  1. Francis,
    Thank you so much. I’ve just spent two valuable 2018 sessions with you working directly with you, and discussing, these principles. I am grateful to you for posting chapters of your books so that I can go back and think through our discussions, and the many things I am learning as a painter as I continue to work and refine my work. You are a great teacher.
    Regards,
    Sylvia

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