Eva Schuster

Creative Language Learning and Visual Artist

Colors :: Value, Saturation, Hue, Influences Lesson #5

Eva, lesson 5

Colors in context

Swatches

18 colors from around the color wheel, plus both siennas, both umber,s payne’s gray and mars black tints.

Project 1:
It took me a long time to see differences. With the first example it was quite easy, even though the photo doesn’t show it well.
But with the more subtle difference I had difficulties seeing them, at least at first. Still not sure whether I see what others might pick up.
Also I made a lot more of these than I’m putting up, I accidentally deleted some when transferring from phone to laptop.

Cad orange

Background (L) Phthalo grn; (R) Primary red (R) both have the same saturation and same values
Small square LEFT is grayer, seems more saturated, but still stands out forward, maybe because it’s more saturated then the green
Small square RIGHT is brighter, more tinted, melts more into the background
The photo doesn’t show very well, how very different the orange on green looks, compared to orange on pink

Yellow/green mix of cad yel/mars blk/wht

Background (L) Dixazine pur;p; (R) Cad red med (R) both have the same saturation and same values
(L + R) Small square pops more on red and is grayer on purple, difficult to see the muted dirty yellow against the very saturated BGs

Yellow/green mix of cad yel/mars blk/wht

Background (L) Phthalo grn; (R) Cad red med (R) both have the same saturation and same values
(L) small square looks green, more like it actually is, on green, close hue enhances here
(R) square seems warmer on red, takes on the red a bit and looks more yellow

Primary Blue lgt

Background (L) Cad red med ; (R) Phthalo grn (R) both have the same saturation and same values
(L) Small square looks more saturated on red and pops more
(R) square looks duller, more muted on green, closer hues seems to flatted the saturation

Primary Blue lgt

Background (L) Dixazine purp; (R) Cad red med (R) varied saturation and close values
(L + R)Small square Primary blue looks seems to look the same whether on red or purp BG

Cad orange

Background (L) Red Oxide; (R) Phthalo blue (R) both have the same saturation and same values, but more saturated than for example from above
(L) Small square cad orange melts more into the background, and value seems to change with the darker values of the BG
(R) Small square pops and looks more saturated, also there is a phantom frame around it that the camera picked up – interesting.

Cad orange

Background (L) Phthalo grn; (R) Red Oxide (R) both have the same saturation and same values, but less saturation than above
It’s the same small square of cad orange as above, but here it looks brighter, lighter value
(L) small square pops on green
(R) looks slightly grayer, melts into the background

Cad red med

Background (L) Phthalo grn; (R) Phthalo blue (R) both have the same saturation and same values, but lighter less than the testing square
(L) pops
(R) looks slightly grayer, and doesn’t pop as much
But in both examples the fully saturated square seems to not be very influence by the context colors

Cad Yel Med

Background (L) Cad Red deep; (R) China Magenta(R) both have the same saturation and same values,
(L) square pops, looks warmer, and further back than on right
(R) also pops forward and looks cooler

Background (L) China Magenta; (R) Phthalo blue (R) both have the same saturation and same values, but lighter than above
(L) pops and looks a little orange
(R) looks slightly brighter and cooler
Interesting how yellow takes on qualities from its surrounding colors

Neutral gray

Background (L) China Magenta; (R) Burnt Sienna (R)
(L + R) the gray seems to be taking on the hue of its surrounding color

Neutral gray

Background (L) Burnt Sienna; (R) Phthalo blue (R)
(L + R) same hereL gray the gray seems to be taking on the hue of its surrounding color

Conclusion:
Small square in complementary color pops more and seems to be brighter in value
Small square in close hue seems to be muting the hue, perhaps even lowering the value

Surprise:
How much yellow takes on qualities of its surrounding colors. Never know that. Nevertheless, if I would name one color that resists influence the most I would say it’s yellow.
Also it seems that fully saturated squares are less influence by less saturated context colors.
Noting that I could use a neutral gray to expand  a color in a very subtle way. Could be interesting.

Project 2:

#1

The dark color is actually a very dark blue. I like this combo because of the difference in saturation and value.

#2

The small stripe is pink and it pops a lot more than on the photo. Again I wanted to use strong contrast with w/o changing to warm colors.

#3

Like this one, because the yellow square ‘bleeds’ into the aqua, and gray mellows out the drama.

#4

The green and pink are quite intense, I was interested in the power of the pale yellow, power of value.

#5

I guess I do like pink! I did this as an abstract landscape with light coming from the back.

#6

Very close values, but different hues and saturation.

3 comments:

  1. Terrific, Eva! Very thorough job, great exploration, and insightful comments. Well done!

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  2. Eva your comments about the collages helped me a lot to understand the thought process. In mine I was just trying to have the pop of vibration and didn’t understand the types of thoughts you shared. Thanks so much!

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