Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Yes, I made it!!! I have been in a bottleneck stage for a long time. I considered myself a value painter, not a color painter. You may not agree with me because you see many my paintings with vibrant red and oranges. However, my main trick was using the contrast of color vs. non-color. My good color stays in the light area leaving the shadow subdued. This approach worked, but I want progress more. I tried paint white objects several time, but the progress was not significant. After painted with Calvin Liang last Monday. I can't sleep for several nights, and keep thinking about my understanding of color. This time my left brain function dominant. I found that color for art could be theorized much more systematically than the current nebulous and chaotic color models and schemes. What should I call my color study? Hmmm...... How does "Chromodynamics" sound? Scientists use this term describing a study in the subatomic physics. Why can artists use it too? I think my today's painting is quite Chromodynamic. The object doesn't have much of a color, but I arranged the environment with good colors to make the reflection very colorful. I think I started to understand some of the Impressionistic approaches now. How do you like my chromodynamic painting so far?

18 comments:

Kathleen Owings said...

I think it is one of the most wonderful things you have done...what a dramatic development!

SK said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Loose, impressionistic, and colorful - a beautiful combination!

D's Poetry said...

So beautiful!

Mark Bridges said...

I think it's Chromotastic!

Pam Holnback said...

Your chromodynastic painting is great!

SK Foste said...

My goal for 2010 is to take one of your classes. I recently found you and am immensely enjoying your work.

Nora Mackin said...

very beautiful, love the light hitting the object

jeff said...

Qiang, tell us what understanding changed with color, if you could. We are all, likely, bound to the same nebulous color wheel and would love some liberation from it. Although Quark/Hadron dynamics in science use "color" to refer to that "flavor" (or that odd peculiarity with the three quarks unlike any other particle), still, I am very eager to understand more about how Liang helped you translate this into deeper knowledge with color. Would you mind sharing? Thank you and beautiful work!

Rick Frisbie said...

I agree with Jeff. Tell us more about your color decisions in your beautiful swan. Also thank you for the great photos from China this summer.

Jane Hunt said...

I'd never heard of Chromodynamic - but the painting certainly works beautifully!
I too really appreciated your photos of China. My six year old is from there and really enjoyed looking at them with me!

Julie said...

I think that your exciting painting is very chromodynamic!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Your enthusiasm and brief description of this new (?) approach is making my brain cells buzz! More! More words, but especially more painting.

Jeanne said...

Qiang, I love this painting but I want to hear more on how you are approaching this new way of looking and painting. I love this painting and I think I get it but I and your other bloggers want you to tell us more. Thank you, Jeanne

cojxac said...

I have been following you. You inspire me. A master of painting indeed!!!. Vere deep understanding of color. Please share the knowledge as you share your beautiful paintings. Thanks.

Sandra Galda said...

beautiful as always. Neat addition of new color approach.

Christine MCCoy said...

Great work! The first time that I realized the impact of dominant colors in shadow was in Rembrandt's paintings. If the subject wears red, I noticed the use of deep vibrant greens in the background. Sargent's shadow colors especially in his watercolors are so amazing! Also, Cape Cod School of art mudheads are all about color in shadow! It opened my eyes...

Sharon Hodges said...

Qiang, i think you are onto something w/ 'chromodynamics'...I think you have just the right left/right brain powers to bring some organization to the chaos of color theory. I am many times confused by my studies of color and light. The educational materials are not so good, at least the ones I have found. I would like to understand more about how light and color 'behave'. Best, Sharon

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