Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Into The Light

10"x8" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival board

"Seek not to follow the footsteps of men of old;
seek what they sought."
- Matsuo Basho (from 'Warrior Wisdom' compiled by Daniel Moore)

Have you ever really looked (and I mean really looked) at a white object? Whether it's in sun or shade, the colors that surround it, reflect up into it. In our every day rush, rush, rush we miss a lot of that wonderful-ness...perhaps until we learn 'how to see color' . A simple object, whether a ceramic pitcher, a house, a fence, will look different depending upon how the light is hitting it, whether it is cool or warm light, and what is surrounding that object. We might pass by any one of these objects day after day, thinking that all shadows are gray. While they probably ARE a grayed version of some color, they are also going to be either a warm or cool version of some grayed-down color. Now, for an interesting view, click on the image to make it larger, now set your computer monitor where you can walk across the room to look at it. A strong image will 'read' well from a distance as well as up close! Today's painting, "Into The Light" is an exercise demonstrating those very things. It is a 10"x8" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival board.

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Blogger Diane Kessluk said...

It looks like a girl in a dress under a tree!! Lovely!!

November 10, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Diane, I hadn't thought of that....but shadows do add a bit of mystery to life, don't they!

November 10, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Jerry Stocks said...

Love the colors and the simplicity of the white pitcher.

November 11, 2010 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Jerry, it turned out to be one of those 'interesting challenges' where, the more you look,...the more you see. All in all, very worth the effort.

November 11, 2010 at 4:00 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Seaver said...

Love your "white pitcher." You are right, the color white is complex and beautiful. Your treatment of the surface by using a palette knife on a smooth, ceramic surface is so interesting. I'm glad I found your blog!

November 20, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Elizabeth! Painting white objects is always so interesting to me as it reflects so many other colors!

November 21, 2010 at 1:42 PM  

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