Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Pair With Stuff

Oil on Canvas 11"x14"
In this piece I am using a lot of blue, a color I usually use sparingly. I recally reading that the ancients didn't paint with blue because they thought it was insubstantial. My guess is that a lot of painting back then was for statuary, and blue would take away from the solid feel that they were after. The very quality of blue the ancients didn't like is the quality that I am exploring, that it tends to create atmosphere. The pears were set up beside a northwest window and the illumination is both indirect and reduced. It is my first foray into reduced light and I hope to more along these lines over the winter.