Tag: Black and White Flowers photograph

Inviting Imagination …out

Inviting Imagination …out

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?




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Black n White Flower


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.




Color distracts.

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.



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In darkness and light



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.








Black and White: Bars with Some Curves

Black and White: Bars with Some Curves

Bars with some curves. Shadowy figures with hands gripping rails,  lend intrigue to the monochromatic image with its flat planes and simple shapes.

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Design in Black and White photograph debiriley.com


With limited tones, the need for more dramatic shapes and textures to tell a story and create some type of interest has intensified.

The horizontal lines, paired with diagonals help to do that.   Five smaller  horizontal lines give a balance to the design, which also serve to ‘anchor’ the image.  Usually I try to include in my artworks all three types of lines.  (Verticals, Diagonals, Horizontals.)

Within the lines themselves, there is a good range of tones: dark, midtones  and lighter tones.

I did give the upper midtone area a slight tint of warmth to prevent a complete feeling of coldness.


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Black and White Flowers photograph debiriley.com


Velvet deep blackness with stark abrupt white petals creates an almost confronting design.

There is an implied diagonal line swinging from the upper right flowers through the centre down to the lower left, with a slight hook up. This image has plenty of curves, verticals and diagonals to create an interesting design.

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The overall design, therefore is much less static, than if the main flower was right exactly in the middle of the image with no leadins, no directional lines, and no tonal variations in the background and middle ground areas.