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Hello, and welcome to my art blog from Tasmania, Australia. I've spent time as a plant geneticist, teacher's assistant, painter, glass artist and book illustrator. I'm usually in the studio, the classroom or the lab. If you'd like to see more, please try the links to my folio page or email me at silvergumstudio@yahoo.com.au. Thank you!

Monday, March 24, 2014

By firelight

One of the challenges of the 'Girl in Sudan' book has been to paint several scenes by firelight - something I've never attempted.  This scene is at a distance, but I need to do a border design closer up showing firelit people with long shadows and a firelit village.  Perhaps some of those lovely chiaroscuro paintings by Rembrandt and Caravaggio will give me clues.  Coincidentally last week's Illustration Friday theme was 'spark'  - unfortunately, I missed it, but I plan to go and check other people's pictures.

For this dancing scene, I've just used some silhouettes and suggested a firelit ground, but perhaps I need some shadows here, too.  But there must be room for the text on the left!  These and other problems.

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