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notan

notan
noun |  no·tan |  \ˈnōˈtän\

: the combination of lights and darks especially as used in Japanese art :  the design or pattern of a work of art as seen in flat areas of dark and light values only — compare chiaroscuro*

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Today, I’ve been working on creating two-value mass notans of several paintings by the masters. Barry John Raybould wrote, “A mass notan is a small sketch that captures the notan structure of your final painting very quickly. This two-minute sketch help to will ensure you have a good design for your painting, saving you hours of work.”

One of the paintings I chose was Claude Monet’s San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk. We were to post an image of an original painting, a greyscale version, and a scan/photo of our notan painting of it. Here’s my post for the assignment:

Claude_Monet,_San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk 1908

Claude_Monet,_San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk 1908 bw

Monet Saint Georges notan crop

*Definition source: merriam-webster.com

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