Into the Light
Three different ideas came together to inspire this painting; wedges, spotlights, and a particular mood.
Wedges are common devices to help artists arrange their compositions. In fact, a wedge is just a partial pyramid, which is the simplest and most stable way to organize a picture. A recent blog post talks more about that.
For this painting, the objects are arranged with the wide end of the wedge on the left, with the green marble forming the point, as shown below.
Although strong, clear designs are desirable, simplistic ones usually are not. That is the role of the knife – to provide an opposing line of thrust to contrast with the direction of the wedge. Introducing this kind tension into the composition prevents it from becoming a caricature.
Spotlights create an opportunity for one of the most beautiful effects in painting – a brightly lit area fading away into darkness. Controlling the way the light changes in a painting is difficult enough on plain surfaces. The job was even more difficult in this painting, since the surface in question was a boldly patterned and brightly colored oriental rug. Making the light on the rug fade convincingly from the center outwards was by far the biggest challenge of this painting.
As for the mood, well… that is best described by the painting itself, rather than words about it.
The Technical Side
“Into the Light” was done entirely from life (without use of photography). It is painted with oil on linen, which is mounted to a hardboard panel. The dimensions are 11×14 inches (28×36 cm). It began with a straight-forward grisaille (black and white) underpainting. This was followed by a mixture of opaque paints and glazes on top of the underpainting.
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