Below the cut: two more drawings, a short explanation of fauvism, and some idiotic rambling! oh boy can’t wait
In b&w drawing and photography the drawer or photographer must take care to balance dark and light regions of the composition, as if light and darkness have “weight” that must be compensated for.
But colors have also have their own weight, as Matisse shows us. In the portrait below, Matisse has balanced the greenish left side of the woman’s (his wife’s?) face with the green background on the right. And I just noticed that both patches of green are long and rectangular, proportional in shape. The darkest areas of the portrait–hair, eyes & eyebrows, collar & shoulder detailing–are arranged symmetrically in the center of the space. And note that red and green are–gasp–complementary colors! Holy shit was Matisse awesome. He weighed and balanced color with such playful, spontaneous ease and deftness.
…I am trying to fill up my “color corner” with bright, cheery cray-pa drawings. My little sister drew the big heart, and my toddler brother loves looking at this corner and finding the stars and moons.
Origami crane chains are an even lovelier way to add cheer and color to your room. They are especially magical when tree-green light shines through them as they flutter in the breeze of the open window. Aaah… though I suggest you use something more classy than an old wire hanger to hang them. Beads are also a great touch.
How do you add color to your life?