Studies in painting

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carol Harkey Thompson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: This group of paintings deals with the tonal relationships of color. In painting the human figure or still life, I have sought to reproduce these relationships as they exist in nature. As I observed the subject matter, I endeavored to see changes in the value and intensity of colors as the light moved across the surface. By comparing one tonal area to the next immediate area, I was attempting to set up relationships of value which ultimately defined a form. I have exaggerated the division of one tonal area from another. Edges meet, but do not necessarily blend. In this way, my images appear somewhat fragmented, but fall within the frame of realism. These paintings are objective studies. They were not painted with any intentions to narrate or transmit emotion. The entire intent is one of having edges meet in the proper tonal relationships to create an illusion of space and light. The paintings were begun from a central point on the canvas or paper. One value, usually the lightest, was determined. From that one, surrounding values and intensities were determined. From those decisions other tonal decisions were made, progressing outward. The painting was complete as each value relationship was stated. Very little reworking or over painting took place.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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