What caught my eye is vibrant color. Color is the thing for me.
Yet travelling these past five years has been transformative to me and my artistry.
50 Unique Visions of the World
This is the first in a year-long series. I am inviting my fellow painters from all over the world, to treat you to their view of the world. You will get to see never before seen photographs taken by artists, in their travels and at home. Each will show you what caught their eye in a series of 6 photographs. And tell a little about their artistry, their paintings, and how travelling influences their life and art.
I begin today with my own photographs. And I invite artists to submit their images for this series.
Fresh Market Series
What caught my eye is vibrant color.
What makes the photograph work is the contrast and balance between warm and cool colors.
In each your eye can explore how the two intersect.
This is something I explore in my oil paintings.
Vertical in a Square
A riot of color caught my eye. However, what makes the image work is the man in the yellow jacket. His vertical shape and strong color contrasts and grounds all the other bits and pieces on the design. Without him, what would the image look like?
Neutral vs Saturated Color
What works about this photo is the balance of the vibrant orange square against an exploration of neutral value changes. The pop of green in the center, counter-balances the orange hue. The strongest light/dark contrast of the porcini mushrooms sign, adds a focal point ~ after all, everyone loves porcini!
Strong Diagonal Shapes
While similar warm cool color balances work in this photograph, it is strong diagonal shapes pointing to the woman's hand that make this photograph strong. Her hand is right at the point of action. And your eye goes right to her other hand. Is she bargaining? Other angular shapes and price cards suggest so.
Dorothy Fagan paints colorful landscapes and abstract floral oil paintings. Painting in Virginia for 40 years, Fagan is now inspired by travelling abroad. Artist residencies in France and Italy, inspire her to reach beyond landscapes to explore people and architecture. These new explorations add new structures, seen in linear details and fresh abstract approach to painting.
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