Paint the Light. Please.July 28, 2007
This is the demo I did this week for my class. I am trying to get my students to think more about the light. One student recently told me that she needs to really like what she is painting. I told her that she should perhaps revize that to needing to really like what the light is doing to the subject. So often students pay no attention to this way way way important little detail. (Bill tells me I can’t use all caps anymore to emphasize something because it looks like I am yelling. So from now on maybe I’ll just repeat it a bunch of times.) Invariably, students will spend a great deal of time setting a still life up, and never even put a light on the subject until I walk over to them and point this detail out. For this still life, I lit it before I put the subject in there. All important. I created a little sliver of interesting light hitting the subject. As I look at it in the small version, I wonder if it couldn’t have been an even smaller sliver of light. I may fix that.