Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Art Two - Optical Mixing

By using dabs of different colors right next to each other, the eye "mixes" them together in the brain to read as a new color.  For example, if you had an area with different reds and yellows and a few blues, the area would "read" as a toned down orange because red+yellow=orange and blue is the opposite (complimentary color) of orange which will neutralize it.
See the examples below of art using this process.

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Georges Seurat (French Post Impressionist painter who was most famous for this technique)

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Chuck Close (American painter who took this idea further)
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Self Portrait of Chuck Close - He is still living and working.


11 comments:

  1. Anna Leigh DurhamMarch 7, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    I like the 3rd one because it looks so simple but when you look up close you see the small detail. It is cool how the eye does this.

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  2. I like the last one because each square has its own design inside
    - Justin LaPradd

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  3. Mary Katherine RogersMarch 8, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    I like the fifth one the best. The dots are in a circular shape, yet you can still see the person clearly.

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  4. i like the last one because it has little colorful things in the squares and they are pretty

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  5. the first one is really cool and i really get the full effect of the picture from the dots in the painting.

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  6. i like the ones with the squares with different shapes in them. i gives it more detial than just doing the dots

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  7. I really like the third one. It looks so simple, however, when you take a closer look you can see all the dots that was put into this painting. I really like all of these paintings.

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  8. I like the square ones. It takes time but it's really worth it!

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  9. I like the 5th one, it's really attractive and cool.
    Joy Zhao

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  10. And there are dozens of these in the 2nd St Station--New York City subway--East 86th
    Diane Mead
    Mount de Sales

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  11. Of course, the Chuck Close paintings have been translated into mosaics by mural craftsmen. Vik Muniz also has work in the murals.

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