Monday, February 13, 2012

Challenge 27 - Waiting For You

In the last six weeks, almost every day brought a new treasure for us to view and admire!

A big Thank You to all who shared their lovely paintings and
also to those who shared their comments and feedback.

I truly marvel at the sheer variety and richness of the glorious paintings we see in this challenge. While one artist transforms paint into live subjects with bold and lively brushstrokes, another has a totally innovative and vigorous approach, and yet another artist seeks to tease the viewer with illusions of realism.

And, we see so many different styles - impressionism, realism... as well as blends of styles... in the different paintings. Each painting communicates the artist's emotions and feelings and is truly unique and captivating. As Henri Matisse said - "...What counts is to express the emotions they call forth in you, the feelings they awaken, the relations established between objects..."

I hope that you have enjoyed this challenge as much as I did!

About the composition

How to portray the illusion of light?

Those of us who have enjoyed the visually intoxicating pleasure of visiting any of the famous museums around the world with a respectable collection of old masters European paintings must have had this experience. You are entering an endlessly long room full of beautiful paintings, tastefully arranged all around. Suddenly, somehow, for some unknown reason, against your conscious will, you are turning towards a painting so far away that you can not even recognize the subject, colors or shapes. All you can see is a “ globe of light” coming from the frame, magically illuminating the whole room. Shaking your head in complete disbelief, the only question your spell-bound mind could possibly whisper is “How did they do it?”

As some of you already commented on this post, this challenge is all about creating the “illusion of light” and to this, I will add... “the juicy mouth watering Kiwi texture”.

To create the light in the painting, among many other very important things (which I will park aside for now) - the artist needs to create deep, rich and vibrant shadows. Just look at the photo above. It is probably ~ 90% covered in deep, dark, luminous shadows. These "darks" are the main reason why the Kiwi looks like it's “bathing in the sun”.

From this composition I would encourage you to remember and try to demonstrate two things … maybe three:

1) Distribute the color values (the relative degree of lightness or darkness) across the full range in the painting, from almost black to almost white.

2) However, keep dark areas dominant at more than 80% and the light areas at less than 20%. This will create a very strong contrast and the illusion of light.

3) As an extra bonus entertainment (for those brave enough to try it!), here is the Kiwi texture - with all the sparkles and their (don't forget) shadows.

Please send a photo of your painting latest by Sunday Mar 25th.
The next painting reference will be posted on Mar 26.


Joke Klootwijk said...

A beautiful light in This Photo

renate said...

Joke is right. Again a beautiful photo! The fact you always show such beautiful photo's is the reason so many people participate in your challenges!

Unknown said...

Thanks Joke and Renate for your kind feedback. I am so glad you like it. I updated the post with some suggestions and I hope they will be of help as you paint.

Syls said...

You really do like to challenge us!The fruit looks so luscious,ready to eat and paint.

Unknown said...

Thanks Syls :) I am glad you like the subject.