Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Camille Przewodek - Plein Air Colorist
Camille Przewodek studied with Henry Hensche, who taught the Impressionist use of color, that "every plane change is a color change." Instead of the old masters' way of creating an image by drawing, using perspective and shading and then using glazes to suggest color, Impressionism looks only at the way colors interact with each other and with light to create the shapes and perspective that we see. Painting plein air is the only way to learn to use color in this way, and mixing colors directly on the panel instead of on the palette is the only way to see them in context as you work. Camille blocks in the basic shapes, making sure to have the color notes correct before adding details. Using a palette knife also helps in keeping the colors true and avoiding too much detail.