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-- 18 July, 2004 --

Shadows and folds exercise

I found a very useful web site called Wet Canvas that has all sorts of discussion forums on art. I subscribed and then joined a forum on oil pastels. The current exercise that the group is working on is to do with using contrasting colours to produce shadow of objects and folds. They are using photographs of eggs on fabric as references. Still being new to this medium, I chose to do just one egg against a background of red fabric. I still have a long way to go with depicting fold in material. I am not sure what it is but the idea of folds freezes me in much the same way as the thought of streetscapes does.

I got some mineral turps yesterday and used it to blend the oil pastels on 300gm Montval watercolour paper. I have found that scanning a painting and then looking at it in the computer screen seems to highlight all of the bits that need work eg the spot on the egg where light is supposed to reflect back from the fabric is dodgy.


After receiving some very interesting feedback from the moderator on the Wet Canvas Oil Pastel forum, I made a second version of the exercise. The instructions had said that the shadows should be done using a carefully chosen complementary colour of the fabric. This time I used green for the shadows instead of the blue that was used in the first version. The large shadow of the egg was feathered so that it is darker close to the egg and lighter further away and, finally, the green used for the shadows is also reflected on the darker shadows of the egg.

Posted by robynls at July 18, 2004 1:54 PM


I love the art work it looks awsome..!

Posted by: Kia Cree at November 24, 2008 8:39 AM

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