Monday, March 7, 2011

All the World's a Stage

All the World's a Stage a 20x29 oil by Shirley Fachilla

If all the world was literally a stage, then up-lighting would be a commonplace. But most light, natural or man-made, illuminates from above. Stage footlights are a wonderful exception.
Why wonderful? Because for a painter, up-light changes a subject with a simple relocation of the light source (an easy thing to achieve in a studio). Use up-lighting and the usual shadows disappear. The painter gets to explore the form and shape of their subject in a very different light and thus from a very different perspective.
Seeing the human face in that different light can be equally illuminating for the viewer. Toulouse Lautrec, Degas, and a painter you may have never heard of, Everett Shinn, knew all about that illuminating different view.
No stage lights were involved in my painting just a simple readjustment of a flood in open studio.


  1. There is a lot of "attitude" in this painting. You chose a really good pose.

  2. Setting up the lighting, and seeing the result, is all part of the show, part of the stage, part of the fun!

  3. Pam, it is fun to set it all up... sometimes it's also a tiny bit contentious in an open studio with lots of different artistic opinions!
    Douglas, she does look as though she has attitude galore. Actually she's a beautiful, incredibly sweet and a little bit shy, young woman.

  4. oh...a great idea...I was just thinking that someone needs to do something about our light source in our open drawing group...I am going to do this...lovely painting with great lighting

  5. Thanks, Christine. Our group loved it. We produced a bunch of fresh interesting work that session.

  6. Très belle attitude... Très jolie peinture.

  7. Thank you, Martine. Yes, everyone agrees she has attitude!


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