Are you able to guess what these three excerpts from a painting might be describing?
What if I told you they are all describing a white wall. No way? Well, take a look at this:
The painting is by Colin Page, a painter adroit at working with temperatures of color. In this painting, it is the alternation of warm and cool that creates the vibrancy and rhythm we feel in the piece. Here's a brief analysis of what we are seeing:
And that is alternating warm and cool.
Alternation is somewhat a forgotten tool, a principle long used by master artists to give life and rhythm to their works. It's a way of switching gears in between thoughts, of staggering where the temptation might be to repeat. We can use it with any of the visual elements as well as with our brushstrokes. It's an exciting principle that can add just vigor in the most unexpected ways.