Power Surge A Light-Valued Shape
With A Dark-Valued Background
If you’ve been following along, you know that
Iris No. 8 and Iris No. 9 were painted using the same palette.
Both have a large, light-valued shape, a yellow iris, which did not come alive until I added the dark-valued blue background. In both, I used ultramarine blue (a warm blue) and thalo blue (a cool blue). Plus, thalo blue is a staining pigment, which means it has the strength to power surge.
Have a painting you want to power surge?
1. Light and dark values power surge each other when juxtaposed.
2. Color opposites and near opposites power surge each other when juxtaposed.
3. Use staining pigments to easily create darkest darks.
I actually did all three here. I placed a light value-subject in a dark-valued background. I placed near opposites beside each other. And thalo blue helped flip the power surge switch!
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