Monday, July 16, 2007

Clayboard demo, continued

Now we're getting somewhere. I think the compostion is working better. This would be a good time to put it away for a few days.

Now to go off on a little tangent: I thought the figure might be an example of chiaroscuro because of the high contrast and even, smooth transition of light to dark. I never knew how to pronounce this word so I looked it up. (It's kee-air'-o-scure-o). Anyway, I found out that all along I had it wrong. Chiaroscuro is the smooth, transition of light to dark (http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9023967/chiaroscuro), but when it's exaggerated with very high contrast, it's called tenebrism. (http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9071676/tenebrism) Not that I go around using these words in my everyday conversation, "Well, kids, should we color using chiaroscuro or tenebrism today?" I either learned this stuff and forgot it, or some art teacher way back when taught me all wrong.

As I read, I found out that Caravaggio is one of the artists who used this technique, so...I started reading about him. I was fascinated by his bio--wanted for murder, got into all kinds of fights. I think I might go to the library and find a book on him. (Is it any wonder that I can't seem to get my kids anywhere on time???)

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