Chroma in Evening Light Critique

If you’ve ever tried to capture the intensity of a vibrant color in your painting and either couldn’t seem to make it vibrant enough, or ended up with a very garish painting, the problem usually lies with the colors surrounding that vibrant area. This lesson will focus on CHROMA (meaning color saturation, or how vibrant or dull a color appears) and understanding color relationships. Evening light, when the sun is setting and casting strong, intense light on a subject, serves as a great subject to understand chroma, and is the subject used for this lesson.



About This Lesson

In this lesson, I’ll demonstrate in pastel how you can create color that appears either vibrant or dull by how it’s juxtaposed with other colors. I’ll take you through each step of this pastel painting to show you how I first set up the value structure and then how I determine color choices for the appropriate chroma.

How it Works

Painting the Poetic Landscape monthly lessons give you a unique opportunity to study (virtually) with Barbara Jaenicke. Purchase access to the lesson and you will be provided with a downloadable PDF with a lesson written by Barbara.

After completing the exercise you can upload your painting and within 10 days (often less!) you’ll receive a personalized review of your painting from Barbara.

1 review for Chroma in Evening Light Critique

  1. proserose (verified owner)

    This lesson was ambitious for a beginner, but the insightful critique Barbara offered enabled me to salvage the piece. The before and after difference was remarkable enough that I felt confident giving it as a Christmas gift and it was well received. If you desire a fulsome, frank and perceptive commentary on your work, Barbara delivers.

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