18 junio 2010

Skin tones

"The problem is that our eyes are not good at seeing the local of low chroma colors, specifically.  That is, they cannot, with assurance, in general, distinguish a neutralized orange (which they will read as too yellow) a neutralized yellow (which they will see too green) or a neutralized orange-red (which they will think is a purple)  As a result, many painters overcompensate adding too much yellow, too much green or purple, and justify it in the name of impressionism, even though its a lack of understanding.  ("I am, after all, a modern painter," is a common retort)  Or, when found, they paint with a generic flesh tone.  Not understanding the locals is why flesh painting is so difficult." 

Graydon Parrish

2 comentarios:

Gativa dijo...

Thanks for posting this, very interesting! Never thought of it this way but maybe that explains why Old Masters could paint 'live' faces so well, and a lot of modern artist can't.

Ariel dijo...

You're welcome!
Is a quote of Graydon Parrish, a terrific contemporary painter.

Additionally, publicity, TV and photography, makes us believe than skin is a lot more orange and saturated than it is; for that reason, a lot of painters tend to put a lot of chroma in it, making it look unrealistic or at least "plastic".