Monthly Tip by the Artist of the Month
Lighting is the Key by Joseph Rivera
Lighting is the key in more ways than one. When you're dealing with paintings of dark spaces, you want to be able to create a painting that best depicts reflective lighting. To do this I use a 300 watt photo lamp with a dimmer. The light is directed toward my painting in progress. I keep the dimmer near the middle setting during the beginning of my paintings. During the last quarter of the painting is when the dimmer-controlled lighting is most instrumental. By then I have the whitest white and the darkest black on the canvas. At this point I will turn the dimmer switch all the way up, and then dim it until the light no longer looks as if it is reflecting off the black. You will actually see when the black portions transform from charcoal grey to black. Leave the light adjusted to this point for the remainder of the painting as this will help you make the right tonal adjustments. It's the same principle as adjusting your TV or monitor"s contrast. I believe this helps the paintings glow and come to life!
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