Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Understanding Colour Temperature

An article I read on colour temperature and correct colour temperature (CCT) was very interesting. It states, colour temperature, known to artists refer to something being cool or warm in temperature, what we associate those things with for example are cool things being ice, water, shadows. Cool things typically are blues and green. Whereas warm things like fire and sunshine tend to be orange and red in colour.

The article states correct colour temperature is in relation to light and how we see the object. For example, we know a candle is warm and has a warm colour temperature and has a 1800 K rating. . K or Kelvin refers to a unit of temperature and is described in degrees. In comparison to the low Kelvin rating candlelight has, daylight which is seen to be stronger in light though looks cooler than candle light, is actually hotter.

Interesting to know the difference. How does it effect your art? In my studio I have fluoro white lights to paint under, but I have a large studio door allowing natural (yellow warm) light to come through. Notice the difference when you photograph your artwork? I use different settings on my DSLR Camera. I usually take a photo on 'Auto' and then on Program under 'Florescent' lighting. I then compare on the computer screen the two images with the painting in front of me to see which looks closest to the true colour. For fun sometimes I use Program: 'Cloudy' or 'Tungsten' settings to see the difference. The picture turns out very yellow. I also gage the colour by looking at other things in the photo composition in my studio, e.g. walls, floor, or even place a white sheet of paper around the edge of the painting when I photograph to help access the truest colour of the painting.

Check out the article here Artists Network - What Is Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Baby Painting

Today was the first time I have made art with my daughter, and it only took 9 months! Was wanting to do it sooner, even the daycare beat me to it...and I'm an artist! That's when I knew I had to just do it!

Now I know why you use children's paint labelled 'non-toxic'


Not having ever done this before, especially not painting with a young baby, I realised very quick not to turn my back for a second. (See the paint around the mouth)

So to start with I knew I had to get everything ready. I set up outside on the patio for the mess factor.
  • I bought a PVC kids mess making sheet (easy to wash off).
  • The Crayola brand Washable Finger Paint (says recommended age 2+ and now I know why).
  • A rag.
  • A bucket of water.
  • And some plastic disposable bowls for putting the paint in.
  • Oh, and the hose
All up the preparation took 10-15 mins whereas the painting only lasted a few minutes. I realised pretty quick all bub wanted to do was eat the plastic paint filled bowls. So I rubbed her foot or hand in the bowl, then placed it aside on the table and then 'printed'.

To finish, I begged the completed 'Artworks' on the air dryer, utilised the bucket of water to wash her hands and feet. Hosed the PVC sheet. And then gave bub a bath. Wolhla! Our first painting experience together. And I hope there will be more to come.