"There are long and grandiose explanations of how to create
aerial perspective, but for me it helps to concentrate on one
word: contrast. Now you're thinking, 'contrast: the difference
between values, between light and dark.' You're right. But that's
only one facet of getting a realistic look. Creating contrast
in temperature, edges, paint application and brushwork is also
important for boosting realism and interest in your work."
"The principle behind the use of edges is simple: sharp edges
come forward, and edges become less sharp as you go back into
the picture plane."
Arnett, Artists' Mag Sep 92, p.41
2. Word for the week:
TEMPERATURE: In color, the relative "warmth" or "coolness",
warm colors being in the red-yellow range and cool colors in the
green-violet range. North Light Dictionary of ArtTerms
Temperature is defined as the degree of hotness or coldness measured
with respect to an arbitrary zero, from Latin, temperatus, past
participle of Temperare, to combine properly, allied to tempus,
meaning time. Chambers' Etymological English Dictionary
3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."
Experiment with different sorts of contrast, contrast
of light-dark, warm-cool, textured-smooth, hard-soft edges. This
is more than a one time exercise, but something that should be
incorporated into your thinking as you paint.
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