Monday, December 30, 2013

Chiaroscuro

My first run in weeks.
The afternoon sun in my eyes.
Shadows long and dark.
The lightest light, the darkest dark.
The makings of a painting.

Chiaroscuro - the use of strong contrasts between light and dark

Georges de La Tour uses chiaroscuro in this portrait.
The Choirboy by Georges de La Tour c1645
Oil on canvas 66.7 x 50.2 cm
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
Leicester Arts and Museum Service
image from here

Louise Kittel uses chiaroscuro in this still life.
Proud Pitcher with Pears by Louise Kittel
image from here
Louise Kittel introduced me to oil painting. Her constant admonishment, "get to the lightest light and the darkest darks".  

Igor Kraguljac uses chiaroscuro in his is 2008 Master Thesis: The Implementation of Chiaroscuro in Photography and Cinematography (Thesis here)



Photo by Igor Kraguljac from here

Emotions during the holidays can be akin to chiaroscuro. Our hearts may fill with extreme joy or drop to devastating sadness. 
The end of my run.
Late afternoon sun highlights the bay front.
My wishes for you in the New Year.
Be kind to yourself.
Admire our beautiful world.
Tell a loved one that they are loved.
All the best,
Gail
Thank you so much for all of your support this past year!

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