Portrait of Lucia. Watercolor and ink.
I’ve noticed that you and I seem to be the only two who dare to use any color as of late. I am wondering if this is because we live in a warmer and sunnier climate than most?
Thanks Greyseal! It would be interesting to see if there’s a correlation between latitude and use of color. It seemed to make a big difference to Matisse’s palette when he moved to Nice, France.
In a related story, one of my friends in art school said that a woman from northern Europe asked him why so many of the portraits we paint in school have such warm (red) skin tones. He explained that one of the reasons is because the light we use is a bit on the warm side. But the main reason is because all of our models are very tan from being in the sun year round. We’re simply painting what we see.
Agreed, look at what the change in latitudes did for Van Gogh not to mention the Taos NM folk. (and many many others.) The further north (or south) you go from the equator, the more diffuse the light. Higher altitudes also give local color more crispness. Then there is humidity, or rather, the lack there of. It all factors in.
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