Four Painterly Considerations

May 25, 2021


I’ve mentioned in the past four painterly considerations I find important to my work. They are: light-dark, thick-thin, hard-soft, warm-cool. These are things I look for in my work when I’m nearing the end of the painting process. You can usually, but not always, see all four of these elements in my finished work.


Here’s what I’m talking about. Light-dark is pretty obvious, I think. I like to see light-dark contrast somewhere in the painting. Thick-thin refers to heavy impasto or lack thereof. Hard-soft is about adjacency, I like to see both hard edges and soft edges where colors are adjacent to one another. The edge quality seems to change the way in which colors “speak” to each other. And last of all, warm-cool. Well, here’s a pretty good example of that!


Let’s keep in touch,


Marshall