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Light vs Dark Shapes

August 6, 2019
By Richard Robinson
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One of the easiest ways to make a dynamic design is to play dark shapes against light shapes and light shapes against dark shapes. You can see that happening all through this painting. Wherever there’s a dark shape I use that to show off a light shape in front of it and wherever there’s a light shape I use that to show off a dark shape in front of that.

I’ve also intensified the effect by over-darkening and over-lightening - in essence raising the overall contrast to make a more exciting image.

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Genevieve Reinke 11/12/2019 Nice painting