Color Interaction-Exercise 003

BOTH GRAY RECTANGLES ARE THE SAME!  This is a beautiful example of how to create brightness using colors of opposite values to generate contrast.  Rembrandt was the master of this technique.*


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* Rembrandt used his renowned technique called "Chiaroscuro" Italian, from chiaro clear, light + oscuro obscure, dark. When you see Rembrandt's paintings you can distinguish two clearly defined tonal values: Light and dark.  Because the dark colors are rich and deep, the light areas of the painting appear to shine almost with phosphorescent quality. Did he use a special, brighter white than anyone else?  Of course not. The master of the chiaroscuro used color interaction, thus making his colors appear lighter or darker than they would be individually.

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