Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dark Backgrounds

Dark backgrounds set the stage for dramatic lighting options. The Dutch masters used this technique and called it chiaroscuro. Using dark transparent colors helps give a feeling of depth. I thin the dark colors and wash them onto the canvas leaving drips and brush strokes. Then I use opaque colors for the objects and try to make them "emerge" from the darkness. 

"Limes, Plates, Pitcher", 18 x 14", oil on linen

"Lemons & Chinese Bowl", 18" x 14", oil on linen

"Persimmons & Chinese Bowl", 8" x 8", oil on linen

"Daffodils & Creamer", 9" x 12", oil on linen, SOLD

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