Vibrancy and Saturation in Abstractions

DSC_5480 Kleur

DSC_5480 Kleur (Photo credit: Joop Reuvecamp)

I’ve been exploring the difference between vibrancy and saturation in digital abstracts.

Vibrant colors are very high on the scale of brightness. They are bright and striking colors that pulse with energy and suggest activity.

Colorfulness is the degree of difference between a color and gray. Chroma is the colorfulness relative to the brightness of another color that appears white under similar viewing conditions. Saturation is the colorfulness of a color relative to its own brightness. ”

march collageIn other words, saturation boosts all colors by the same amount but vibrancy only boosts the least saturated colors. And, I’m learning that how to apply saturation to digital paintings where I want to make softer colors look brighter, but don’t want to lose important detail in the already vibrant colors.

Artist Mark E. Mehaffey answers the question “What is abstract art?” and shares his advice which I find inspiring:

Find Your Path in Abstract Art
There are as many ways to paint as there are artists. What works for me might not work for you. Nonetheless, if you’ve tried painting nonobjective work or pushing your representational work into abstraction and you haven’t been happy with the results, try this approach:

  1. Start with an idea—a concept to direct your work.
  2. Build your abstract painting on a solid compositional structure.
  3. This is the fun part—use whatever materials and whatever technique you have at hand to support the first two steps.
  4. Finally realize, as with all creative work, there are no hard and fast rules, except the ones you make for yourself.

Hat tip to Jean:  Climbing the Skies, the Roughness: Painting and Cycling

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