Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weaving

by Armand Cabrera

When you plan your color and values carefully you can employ them to great effect with what I call weaving. Just like weaving a cloth, ¬the color and values are woven into the painting with intent creating a strong abstract composition. This is not the same thing as toning your canvas and allowing color to peak through the brush work in a haphazard way. Weaving uses the intelligence and creativity of the painter in service of an idea to introduce structure irrespective of subject. It is a powerful and effective design tool. This is why thumbnails and color comps created before the details and subject are overlaid onto the design are important. You cannot rely on motif and subject only to carry your painting. A good painting must have a good plan for all of the elements.


Below are some examples; I’ve varied the subject matter to show that any type of painting can incorporate the idea of weaving.

 Dean Cornwell



 John Carlson



 Aldro Hibbard



JoaquĆ­n Sorolla



 John Singer Sargent



 Emile Carlsen



 Jane Peterson




3 comments:

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thanks, Armand
That's a good way to think about tying your paintings together. I have made too many that are a mosaic of unrelated color.
................Stape

ARMAND CABRERA said...

Stapleton,

Thanks, it's just another way to stop looking at a painting as an image of things and seeing it as shapes of color and value.

billspaintingmn said...

Good info and insight Armand. I will consider this. Thanks!