When you begin a painting, do you think about the mood you want to create? Or the tone of the concept you want to convey? Will it be calm, boisterous, joyful, dark, thoughtful, or delightfully light, etc? Some strategic thinking is helpful to create mood your paintings.
Once you decide on the mood, then what? What are your next decisions? Color, line, edges and subject matter all play a role in creating mood. In this post I am going to focus on the role of values.
As you know, value refers to the light and dark of a color. In my painting “A Silent Tack,” you can see a full range of light to dark with the color blue. How would you describe the mood of this painting? [Read more…]