Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Still Life of Glass

12" 13.5" Working by artificial light is as interesting as working by natural light. I wouldn't be interested in trying to make artificial light look like natural light, but it is really interesting to use the glare of incandescent or flourescent light as part of the picture, and explore that unnatural world. Certain places, like classrooms and laundromats and hospitals, have such an unflattering surplus of light that they look like Edward Hopper paintings already. Most things, and people, look prettier when the light is dimmer and comes from the side. In the old 18th century days everyone must have looked wonderful at dinner with all of that candlelight. I think it's something to lament that most places are overlit right now, but that's the style.

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