Since I followed the Cubism rules closely for Mice, I decided to experiment further for Summer Still Life. I have a few objectives in this artwork, which are:
1. The use of warm colours instead of monochrome browns and greys. I decided to use analogous colours with warm tones. I search for relevant colour palettes from Colourlovers.com.
2. Each object has its colours. There are three objects in Summer Still Life — the bowl, the jug and the oranges. I defined the bowl as yellow, the jug as maroon, and the oranges in the bowl in orange tones.
3. After setting the colour scheme to the objects, I wanted the different fragments from the three items to intersect.
With these objectives in mind, I experimented with this piece to see if I could to achieve them.
Third, I could not understand despite watching the Ehow video. Fortunately, I managed to find an article by Christopher Jones on Medium. He wrote about the fundamentals of light and shadow from different periods, including Cubism. With these articles and video tutorials, I summarise my learnings into these points*:
- Despite the fragmented pieces, the object of the painting still needs to be legible.
- Light and shadow are crucial in Cubism. We cannot observe the form or depth of layers without using light and shadow.
- Grids are essential in Cubism. The grid creates a structured composition, especially for Rules of Third. Despite the irregular fragments, the grid system ensures that its object does not become too cluttered or indecipherable.
With this knowledge, I created a piece similar to Analytical Cubism using monochrome colours.