• How Sacrificing Detail Can Add Mood

    14 days ago - By Gurney Journey

    In a new YouTube video I show how I painted this moody morning scene in gouache by sacrificing detail and emphasizing light effects.
    My goal is to capture a fleeing light effect by using a warm priming color to achieve a "photographic" lens flare. Halfway through, I paint over the whole thing with a glaze to reduce detail. The glaze is risky because gouache reactivates when it's rewet, and to be honest, it's kind of a disaster for a while.
    Here are some takeaway quotes about the theory of sacrifices:
    “Nature instills sentiments in the spectator through the selective sacrifice of details in...
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