Color Gradation





In Monet’s painting of the Thames he has foregone detail in favour of an exploration of the light and shadow that play on the subject.


He has used shimmering color gradations brought about by layering fractured areas of different colors of a similar tone. These juxtaposed colors visually mix to form subtle, animated greys, drifting from warm to cool throughout the painting.

Claude Monet (1840-1926) “Thames – Charring Cross” (1903)

 The most perfect example of natural color gradation is a rainbow. A seamless gradation from ultraviolet through all the colors to infared. When twisted into a circle so the cool red meets up with the warm violet we have a model for the color wheel most of our color theories are based on.



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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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