by Donna Flood
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Four - Light & Shadow
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David P. Richards, artist,
has one of the finest examples of teaching light and shadow I have seen.
It is concise, clear and easily understood.
George Ernest Smith, artist. Title:
Woman with Head of Cabbage. Oil on Canvas with the Overland Trail Fine
Without the strong use of light and shadow this work would be just a
very common study of a woman holding a head of cabbage. However,
with the excellent catching of a strong light source the painting
Daniel E. Green, top pastel artist's portrait of
Mr. Green's work shows a master's
accomplishment and by using the difficult
medium, pastels. Most artists will not pick up the chalky like medium
because it is difficult to do anything with them. Through fine workmanship
Mr. Green not only uses them but, excels in how he establishes light with
them where it should be, on the face and the hands. He is generous in
sharing his techniques with the public also, November 1993 issue, The
Artist Adolf Sehring paints, "Reflections
of the Jungle" His original
oils from $35,000.00 to $300,000.00. He is listed as the only American
Artist to Paint the Official Portrait of Pope John Paul II.
Sehring here has chosen a very dark
surroundings, the jungle, where there is little light. Not only does
he find a light source, in the bright coat of the cats, he then reflects
their images in the dark
water. He knows he has achieved a difficult use of a light source,
because he proudly names his work, "Reflections of the Jungle" AS
the mind wanders about all the artist has here there is a unending value of
ideas and possible statements, all through the use of light.
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