What a contrast!   The calm, contemplative quietness of previous paintings in comparison to today’s image.

With an almost aggressive stance the bouquet  leaps in front, jumps ahead of the line.

Demanding.

Its seems strange to think that paintings can soothe us, or can provoke us.  That  they can create mood, feeling,  ambience, atmosphere.

That they can alter us.

 

But they do.

Well, they can. And I think they should.

 

Should make the viewer react, in some way.

 

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Shouting out, floral watercolors

 

Floral Watercolors

“A Flower bouquet.… so pretty;  and in watercolors!

Oh they will be so delicate and soft,” we think to ourselves.

 

Do we expect them to be so strident?

Demanding?

High Maintenance?

No.  Not the first thing that comes to mind is it!?

 

We can make (construct) our paintings to emit any vibe, any response, that we want them to.   How?

 

 



5 Art Techniques That Elicit an Emotional Response

Each of these 5 techniques, cause the Viewers to have a quick, gut reaction to a painting.

 

Color plays a role. 

Choices.

Warm colors or Cool colors.

Warm reds, oranges, yellows will be more upbeat.  Cool blues, lavenders, greens create a sense of space, coolness.

Wintery? or Sunny and cheerful?  Soft or harsh… Intensely saturated and bright or greyed off, neutral and gentled?

You… are in charge with the colors you choose.

Your choice of Colors can have a sharp “bang” to them or provide a smooth,  relaxing serenity.

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Softer Sunny Flowers

 

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Mountain in cool Cerulean,Prussian Blue

 

 

 

Key is another factor.

“Key”  is another term,  for tonal values;  assessing the Overall image for tone dominance.

Is the majority of the painting on the darker side ie low key…  or is the majority on the lighter side ie high key?

 

High key  under normal conditions will convey a lighter, more cheerful, happier, brighter mood and emotion.

Low key often denotes a more somber, darker, ambience.

 

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Low Key  – Landscape

 

 

If I had to assess my Featured, floral watercolor palette knife image, I’d call it  High Key. 

The break down of tone percentages would be roughly… 55% Light tones   35% Mid tones    10% Dark tones.

 

 

 

Edges are an underestimated player. 

Edges.  I love to use Edges in my art work.

They just tell the story better, create better depth, more interest to the paintings.

 

Soft edges that blur off provide the viewer with a sense of calm, serenity, welcome, gentleness.

These edges “invite” us in.

Hard, crisp, sharp edges act as barriers and walls.  Keeping us rigidly ‘out.’

Keeping us restrained and in place.    Defined…. and in the box.

 

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welcome to the beach, oil painting    Soft Edges

 

Use your Edges well.  Place them as if they were in your home; and you want your visitors in the allowed rooms, to feel welcome.

 

 

Direction, line movement another.

Horizontal line directionals convey calm ‘restfulness.’

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Salt Pan Lake

 

Vertical movement in the painting will express a more energetic, assertive vibe.

Forest Painting palette knife  –   Vertical Directionals

 

The diagonal line is the most active.  This expresses the most ‘wildness’ of the three.

A jagged diagonal conveys dynamic energy, unrestrained.

 

Typically  a balance of the 3 is a great design technique.

 

There is also a circular directional movement you can employ, it is trickier.  But it can certainly impact the viewers’ responses.   Taking them around and inward, probing in, and leading into the image.   Its another tool for the artist to think about!

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Abstract Green Sphere

 

 

Materials and Tools used also play a role.

The Palette Knife, as I used it in the Feature floral bouquet image,  has created quite an abrupt sharpness to the painting.

Staccato.

Brisk.  Now! A Demand is being placed upon the viewers’ eyes with each stroke of the knife.

 

 

 

Finally

What do we want our Audience, our Viewers to….  feel ?

That’s the question we need to ask before we begin our paintings.

 

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Fresh Flowers, NO fiddling!

 

A similar floral bouquet to the featured painting; this is also high key.

But  the shouting and stridency of the featured painting is not in this last one.

Here we have a gentler feel to the floral image.

Its softer, “homier” and more relaxing.   

I prefer, this last image, personally.

 

 

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