This is an assignment we did in Design class. We were required to use additive light painting with a reference picture which was abstract painting. Click on "Read More" to see my response.
My reference picture is an abstract painting called Women and Bird in the Moonlight by Joan Miro. It is such a happy painting due to those funny smiley faces. And I am glad that there are no woman boobs in this abstract painting- at least I can not tell whether there is any or not. The new moon and a white star at the top right corner look quite articulate; beside them a little figure in green is smiling and seems to reach another star at the top. Those faces are so cute- although I am not really sure if they are exactly faces. By the way I see no woman or bird- probably the figure in green represents the bird while the largest figure in the picture is the woman. To sum up it is pretty abstract.
Compared to other abstract paintings, this one looks very clean and neat, with organic lines and limited colors as black, blue, green, yellow, red and white. Though I do not really like abstract painting, I have to say this one entertains me pretty much.
Speaking of my own light painting, first it was very interesting but I was nervous and failed for three times. Totally it took me four times to get the right picture. Additive light painting is tricky mostly due to the weird combination of colors- they are from light; unlike subtractive colors which are generally called pigments....
OK I find that I can not be articulate to explain how this works, but hopefully I will not get this kind of question in my final in any course. Anyway it is amusing: in additive light painting, there are three fundamental colors: red, green and blue (while subtractive colors have red, yellow and blue). Red light plus green light makes yellow light; red plus blue gets pinkish purple- magenta; green and blue lead to cyan- an aquaish blue. Oh don't forget that if these three colors get together, they will become white- the natural light, when subtractive colors come together they theoretically turn black.
Sorry about my lack of knowledge. Prof. Jorge, if you are reading this article, please do not be angry at me. You know it is hard to memorize this kind of thing for an art student especially whose native language is not English, right?
Let's get back. I printed out my picture, and found a stupid mistake that I forgot to flip it. The picture you see in this article has been flipped horizontally by me after I turned in the work. But professors said that it was OK and I figured out actually a lot students forgot to do so too.
And as you smart readers know, my work is crazily different from the reference one, which is much more peaceful and still. As for mine, except for the blue moon and white start at the corner, I can barely tell that this light painting is from the abstract painting by Joan Miro. It is dense, bumpy, and wrong in colors. Oh I probably forget to mention that the "magical" light torch we used for light painting could not produce pure white light but a kind of purplish white.
It was hard to control and switch the colors, as I had mentioned, nervousness. I had to find the right spot so the camera could take picture of the full painting of mine, and in fact the 30-second limitation was pretty long enough. For at least two times I finished my painting early and just stood there being anxious wondering what to do next. And the results were surprising or to say, disappointing. When I was holding the reference and painting with the light torch, I thought I was doing a good job both making the right composition and the right colors; however when I came to look at the pictures, they were way different from the original one. But Prof. Jorge, again, said that was OK- sometimes I wonder how our professors grade our works.
In conclusion, this assignment was pretty interesting. It was my first time to know the terms of additive colors and subtractive colors. They are different and play a crucial part in our art works.