Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Simultaneous Contrast

Simultaneous contrast is the idea that everything shares a relationship; an object is only dark by comparison to a lighter object next to it. This is really the foundation of painting and by extension the yin and yang of life. Light only exists with darkness. So it's easy to think about painting as a metaphor for life.

Having a clear understanding of the concept of simultaneous contrast can help make us better painters and maybe better humans too!

The yellow square in the middle never changes, only what surrounds it!

Something is only bright in relationship to something dull; only dull in relation to something bright. 

Last but not least, check out this link on color perception!



James Hoopes said...

I have dealt a little with this, it was a great reminder to the use of contrast in my own work, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

That was a great demonstration - i'm at the point of 'understanding' the concept in my head...now i have to practice it in my paintings where i hope it'll become intuitive...i've got a ways to go ! cheers, linda