Just the right color, the right value, in the right place: Easy to understand, Hard to do.
Attributed to Joseph Decamp.
The science of impressionism as we know it begins with Leonardo Da Vinci. More than any other Renaissance painter, it is from several of his observations that we begin to make progress toward an objectively truthful depiction of the visual world per se - finding its culmination in the color of Monet. At minimum, today's representational painter must be master of the visual impression with all that implies - if they wish to claim mastery of their craft. Not anatomy, not perspective, not sight-size or the golden mean or glazing, but the rendering of the colors and values of the scene before them in true relation to one other in each and every aspect ... is all aspects. It is the essential grammar, the spelling, the phonics necessary to our art. The demo image on this blog entry is made from a Vermeer. It demonstrates - and I name for the student - virtually all you need to know to successfully articulate everything in that painting. Just as the forty four sounds of the alphabet in phonics enables you to read anything in the English language so this training of the eye assures that you can successfully render anything nature can throw your way. So simple - and yet so difficult that most students of realism today look for a different road.