Edward Hopper Didn't Like to Teach But Still Offers Great Lessons
Hopper wanted to give this woman a living personality. Wisely he knew making unexpected changes in the color of her skin would help bring her to life.
Another key lesson is pointedly showing the viewer a whole range of color intensities. Overall Summertime is mostly gray limestone and concrete. But for contrast Hopper puts in important accents of more brighter intense hues.
Like in her forearm and hand...
And in the detail of the brass plate at the bottom of the reddish orange door...
Maybe Hopper wasn't comfortable in the role of the teacher. But through his work he is unmatched in showing us how to enjoy our eyes.
P.S. Here's the painting I was delivering to Somerville Manning Gallery- it's got some of the color ideas I picked up from studying Hopper's paintings.