Three-dimensional Space

by Lydia Don, 2003
Brain Power by Lydia Dona, 2003

Without depicting natural forms, a painter can suggest three-dimensional space by:

• painting forms with strong contours so there seems to be a separation between figure and ground

• suggesting depth by overlapping forms

• size of forms to suggest receding space

• shading forms to suggest solidity

• using a single light source when shading or casting “shadows”

• decreasing intensity of color and tonal contrast to suggest distance (atmospheric perspective)

Paintings by Lydia Dona evokes a sense of space is evoked with overlapping forms and scumbling to diminish color intensity.