|'Perry's Water Garden' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available by auction opening bid $50
"Notan means lightness/darkness and is pronounced just like it looks (no tan). When used in paintings, a Notan drawing is the underlying light and dark structure.Doing notans would be perfect for my lesson on simplification!
Seeing Notan is the act of identifying patterns of light and dark. A good Notan drawing will simplify the full range of a subject’s values into a black and white design—the white represents areas directly in the light, while the black depicts areas in shadow." Dianne Mize
|An example of a notan (on right) compared to a 'spotty' block-in of darks|
You can read the entire article by Dianne Mize on Empty Easel HERE