Flowers ought to be in color, right?!
I used to always, think so.
Beautiful bright, gorgeous Colors.
That’s normally, the very first thing that springs to mind when you think of “flowers.”
So you ask, what’s up with the Black and White Debi?
Changing The Communication
Stripped back and laid bare of the ‘pretty’ colors, makes room for more.
It provides more room for expression, mood, feeling, content, for your Imagination to emerge.
The Black and White tonal values changes the message.
We hear, see and Feel something different in the image now.
We are conveying more, with less.
The Imagination is free to engage more.
It really does. And even though, Color is what I breathe – the truth is, it is extremely distracting on many levels.
It gets many new learning artists into loads of dilemmas.
- Large flat empty spaces of color.
- Chaotic ramblings of color that cover up every inch of the canvas.
- Unrelated colors jarring the eye.
- Too much warmth (‘pretty color’) in the backgrounds.
What I’ve done in photography, using only black and white for these flowers, can be transferred to your painting approaches.
I prefer to paint with an extremely limited palette.
Usually 3 works fine. Sometimes 2 is just perfect….
And many times I suggest beginners learn, for a time, to paint in monochromes to build their confidence.
Doing this creates: Less distractions. And you can Say more, with less.
It also will do the same thing that Black and White photography can do –
Invite your Imaginations…… out.