Selling quality art supplies online since 1995! Select or Search for Art Supplies
Resources:

Rex Art Blog Rex Art Blog
Glossary of Art Terms
Color Index
Tip Zone
Currency Converter
Gallery
Affiliates
Email Us

Seeing Red

We learned in elementary school that the letter R is made with one vertical line, a half circle, and a short diagonal. We were also taught how to make letters E and D and that when we combined these three letters, they spelled the word RED. We knew that the actual color red did not appear on our printed page but that when most people read the word, they would see the color mentally.

As we matured, we realized that written abstract symbols trigger predictable thoughts in the mind of a reader. We understood that if we wanted a reader to think of the color red, we must write the correct abstract symbols. For example, writing the letters K-J-W wouldn't work, but R-E-D would. As you and I paint, we must concentrate on the relationships between space, line, value, and color. They are the letters of our artistic alphabet, our 'abstract symbols.'

Let's say that when people look at a certain section of the painting we've just completed, we want them to think that what they see is very far away. We know that our picture surface is flat, and that every patch of color is exactly the same distance from our eyes. However, through our awareness of artistic abstract symbols, we know that we can create illusions of distance so effectively that a viewer would never look at them and think of nearness.

Think about that. The subject matter we depict is not actually on the picture surface any more than the abstract symbol for the color red is the color red. The illusions of the color and the illusion of our subject matter exist only in the mind of the viewer.

Doesn't it make sense then that as we paint, we should devote our full attention to what is actually going to be on the picture surface, rather than what is not? That's what www.artistsworkshop.com and our expanded CD-ROM version of our ART course are all about.

Artistically Yours,

Don Foster

gift
Get it there
by December 25th
Holiday Shipping Schedule
subscribe
Join the Rex Art mailing list
Get our specials, coupons and exclusive deals!
Email address

Follow Us:

Share |

Click for the BBB Business Review of this Art Supplies Retailer in Miami FLBBB A Plus Rating

McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams

Holiday Shopping for Artists Made Easy with Rex Art Gift Sets!