Monday, November 10, 2008

Painting Class : Pointillism

Water Color session end! finally today i have chance to use acrylic color. Well, acrylic is almost like water color but it dry very very very very fast! >,<...i put alot in palette today and without realizing it dry out! SHit! >,<

so today Mr Rini taught us Pointillism technique. What is pointillism?

Pointillism is a style of painting in which non-primary colors are generated, not by the mixing of pigments in the palette nor by using pigments directly, but by the visual mixing of points of primary colors, placed in close proximity to each other.

Originally developed by Neo-Impressionist Georges Seurat, the movement is also associated with Paul Signac, Henri-Edmond Cross, and Vlaho Bukovac.

When viewed from a distance, the points or dots cannot be distinguished, and blend optically into each other. This means that with the same set of primaries, pointillists generate a different range of colors when compared to artists using traditional colors or color-mixing techniques. The result is sometimes described as brighter or purer since the eye does the mixing and not the brush. An explanation for this could be sought in the subtractive and additive theories of color.

One of Seurat's sketches for Grand Jatte, 1888Usually when colors are produced by pigments being mixed physically, the subtractive color theory is at work. Here the mixing of pigments of the primary colours produces less light; so if we mix red, blue and yellow pigments(subtractive primaries), we get a colour close to black. However when colours are produced by the mixing of light, then the additive color theory is at work. Here the mixing of lights of the three primary colours produces more light; so if we mix red, blue and green light(additive primaries) we get something close to white light. The brighter effect of pointillist colours could rise from the fact that subtractive mixing is avoided and something closer to the effect of additive mixing is obtained even through pigments.

The brushwork used to perform pointillistic color mixing is at the expense of traditional brushwork which could be used to delineate texture. Color television receivers and computer screens, both CRT and LCD, use tiny dots of primary red, green, and blue to render color, and can thus be regarded as a kind of pointillism.

Alright, enough or understanding and history of pointillism. Here my painting today.

I know it looks sucks, but lecturer praise my technique. hehe..i'll try again next week!