Lighting experiment

I set up a new composition with a new lighting scenario. Because I love the old masters and the contrasting lights and darks, I wanted to experiment with higher contrasts in my lighting situation. Also, this skull has been on my list of things to paint for months.

The green participation ribbon has been in my classroom since before winter break. There were two ribbons. Someone, or multiple people, taped them to a cabinet. I left the ribbons hoping someone would collect them and honor them. That day never came. As I was cleaning the room for summer break I almost tossed this ribbon out with the rest of the forgotten classroom relics. I looked at it alone in the trash basket and decided to rescue it by painting it.

work in progress, 12×12, oil on panel

I took this photo with artificial lighting. There are lots of details to finish and I have a lot of sculpting to do on the skull. I am happy with the way it’s shaping up. I lit this with a single light source from the left. I need a lot more contrast to make this look like the photo below, but I will get there. The most difficult part is seeing the paint as I mix it. With limit light it’s difficult to determine if the paint color is correct. Challenge! undefined

Thank you for following along with me in my painting adventures.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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