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The Rectange Challenge
posted by Mary Douglas on Saturday Aug 27, 2011
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This challenge came from an exercise given at a workshop by Ian Roberts this spring in Meaford, Ontario. The exercise really sharpens your ability to focus in on correct values, shapes and colours. The process produces a semi-abstract representation of your subject which looks really cool. Check Ian out at his website.

The process

Choose any inspiring subject. We did an outdoor paininting of a composition that Ian chose for us. Draw a minimal sketch to locate the major design elements. No details (1 or 2 minutes) Remember to squint for the values. It is probably easiest to begin at the focal point and work outward. Mix your first colour and paint a rectangle representing an area of similar couour and value ( rather that the shape you see). Mix a new colour and paint a rectangle beside the first one. Continue in this way always mixing a new colour for each new rectangle.

The idea is to build up a painting by laying down rectangles always comparing the colour, value, and temperature of the rectangle you are painting to those adjacent. The rectangles can vary in size and orientation depending on the needs of your subject. You will find as you work through the process you become more and more attuned to recognizing and reproducing accurate colours and values.


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