“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.” - Vikrmn
When winter arrives it brings us a new world of monochrome – black trees against a gray sky above a white earth. At first it is a fun time to see and explore, but after three to four months of a monochromatic existence we are eager for spring and the return of color to our lives.
Have you noticed how artist rarely paint in monochrome or with a very limited palette? How many summer landscapes have you seen painted in monochrome or duotone? They are pretty rare. Some artists draw in monochromes with pencil, ink and charcoal so it is not a lost art. There are a few photographers that love Black & White, but the vast majority are searching for the perfect greens and blues of Kodachrome.
Paint me as old fashioned. To this very day I’m still influenced by the Black & White photography of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Very limited palette paintings by George Inness or Giorgio Morandi will stop me in my tracks every time.
As March begins and before the bright colors of spring start popping out I want to take a moment to praise the art of painting in monochrome or with a limited palette art.
The more I learn about color the more I love Black & White.
To see more of my limited palette paintings take a look around on the rest of my website.