Atmospheric perspective

darkwingsfadeA layer of Van Dyke Brown mixed with some Ivory black dropped the blue down a bit, then a glaze of Ceramic White above the horizon in the sky and below it into the distant landscape gave some depth to the Raw Sienna field behind the skeleton. I’m doing this because when you look at the horizon and compare it to the environment around you, you’ll notice that things that are further away are lighter in colour, fuzzier in detail and that there is less contrast between things. Artists can use this to create depth in their paintings.

I’m pretty happy with this, although I’d like to have had more time in the studio today. Sometimes you can’t get enough done. It’s pleasant in the studio right now, with the rushing sound of warm air coming through the vents and the rain beating on the roof, while the wind blows the tree beside the windows, occasionally tapping against the glass.

Time for bed.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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