Bob Baker, “Still Life With Two Apples and a Vase” (2017)

26 Mar

FullSizeRender (4)Bob Baker, Still Life With Two Apples and a Vase (2017)

Charcoal drawing from yesterday.

It’s a challenge rendering things in black and white but it keeps you attuned to value.  In visual art color seems to get most of the glory but the heavy lifting is actually done by value, i.e. the light and shadows that visually define objects.

Color is important to a work of art but value is even more important.  For example, if you lacked the capacity to see color you could still navigate; but if you lacked the capacity to differentiate between light and shadows you’d lack the capacity to see at all.  Generally it’s value, not color, that’s responsible for most of the depth and drama of a piece of visual art.

All of which is just a long way of saying that, in a world full of bright colors, it’s important to stay on intimate terms with value. One good way to give value its due is to use a medium like charcoal in which color is factored out.

 

 

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