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Friday, August 15, 2014
Day 8 of Painting 100 faces in 100 days
Today i am working on lighter rusted fabric.. it's always a challenge to decide how much to finish and how much to leave just the subtly of lights and darks. I have to tell you I have noticed that one thing seems to always get in my head when I am finishing up a painting. these are not lengthy exercises so i just get to a point where I can hear this past professor in college which was not that long ago .. he was teaching me photography and when it came to printing in the darkroom there were always decisions to be made .. he was always willing to give advice as to what it needed .. less exposure more exposure. It was a challenge even to learn the meaning of flat and hot .. in photography. I would go step by step .. tediously adding more dark or more light .. he would remind me that it was better to take bigger steps .. haha .. or we'd be here all day. so i did and over time I knew that flat meant pretty much over all gray no contrast at all .. this is where the words whitest white and blackest black. It doesn't have to be all over .. just somewhere. It gave depth to the photo.. One day when I came to him for the millionth decision of what to do next .. he just looked at me and said your on your own. lol .. finally after looking at many critiques of photos and taking bigger leaps and making sure I had those lights and darks......i got there. And I often say that learning photography changed my whole world completely..i saw the world through the camera and i noticed the light......i suddenly saw the way the light hit the power lines in the early morning when the dew was still resting there and it glistened. I saw the way that droplets of water reflected the sun on a spider web and looked magical, I saw the power in the suns light as it streamed through the trees like vertical beams and it touched my heart......it spoke my heart..and I ran and got the camera. So i'm grateful for other media and teachers that gave me that ability to see in a new way. His name was Blake. So .. i guess I went down memory lane. I think it's a good thing. Just glad to be doing this everyday. Thanks for stopping over. Oh and yes today's painting, $8. Message me or leave me a comment. Have a light filled day, and maybe notice where it hits. :)