Monthly Archives: July 2012

Light and Substance

Light and substance—it’s another way to describe chiaroscuro, the painting technique developed in the Renaissance that we worked on last week.  Think about those two words together—light, a perennial quest for painters, exemplified by Monet and the Impressionists, and applauded … Continue reading

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As That is to That

Chiaroscuro in art is “an Italian term which literally means ‘light-dark’. In paintings the description refers to clear tonal contrasts which are often used to suggest the volume and modeling of the subjects depicted.” Wikipedia[1] Tonal contrasts are about the … Continue reading

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Making A List, Checking It Twice

Notes on the formal elements of my process that I demonstrated this last week are below.  It could be expanded, to be sure.  But these checkpoints are things you might question when you are struggling with a piece.  While I’m painting they are … Continue reading

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Voyage of Discovery

If you are prone to watching movies that involve soulful, struggling writers who can’t seem to catch a break, you have probably heard them counseled by a wise advisor—“write what you know”. Oddly, in the last week I’ve heard two … Continue reading

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Independence Day

Not being much of an “understander” of performance art and one who has little patience for what feels like exhibitionism, I was surprised at how affected I was by the HOB documentary about Maria Abromovic—“The Artist is Present”.  I want … Continue reading

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