Last night Val and I returned from a wonderful 4-day trip to Bruny Island, in Tasmania’s south. I have much to share and will do so after I have posted a series featuring last Friday’s workshop  Shadows are your Friends. The aim of this workshop was to give participants a broader appreciation and understanding of shadows.

Light and shadow are vital ingredients where the portrayal of three dimensional objects is concerned. There are times when artists pay little regard to shadows in their work. If you take the time to paint each object correctly, you should pay the same level of attention to the corresponding shadow.

The first session of the workshop involved a discussion on the value of light and shadow.

Session 2 saw the class set up a group of objects with an accompanying light source, that being a lamp. This session was all about indoor lighting. Outdoor lighting was to follow later on in the morning. This ‘indoor’ session resulted in some ‘strange’ shadows. Have you ever used a lamp when drawing objects? The resulting light often creates shadows of various tones. One still-life saw 5 separate shadows created due to the shape of the lamp and its strong globe.

We discussed the light source, object shadow and cast shadow(s). So many times shadows are portrayed in black. Why is this ? The class embarked on a ‘no black’ policy to great effect.

Some of the  still-life objects are featured today. Notice the variations in ‘tone’ of some of the shadow areas.

Next week I will post some examples of the participants’ drawings. I’m sure you will be impressed.

On Monday I will discuss ‘outdoor’ lighting and the type of shadows that occur.


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artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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  1. Gillian says:

    A great wake-up call for all artists, no matter how experienced. Opening our eyes to all the colours in shadows can be a big boost to the learning curve, I found. How different lighting can effect the shadow shapes is a great lesson. Thank you, Richard. x

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