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.

7 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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  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

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

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

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

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