Thursday, May 5, 2011

16) Value as Emphasis

An emphasis or focal point can be created through the use of light and dark values.  Sometimes the majority of an image will be dark with one very light object, drawing the eye's attention to that lighter object.

Throughout the painting there are mostly darker, dull colors. However, Mary in the top left hand corner is illuminated by a bright yellow burst behind her, and more brightly colors clothes, drawing the eye's attention straight to her and her Son. 

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