March 30, 2009

Lush transparent darks...

Thomas Eakins

Instructors I have studied with over the past few years talk quite a bit about keeping the darks in a painting transparent. Until recently I hadn't realized how crucial this is. If the darks are too opaque they become flat and dull. When the shadows are transparent the illusion of depth is reinforced and creates a sense of movement. Thomas Eakins is a master of rich shadows as you can see in the painting "the Champion Single Sculls".

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