I just completed this still life, its a tribute to the old dutch masters with a lot of dramatic lighting and shadows. I did a bit of reading before I started on this subject and also recieved a lot of insight from my artist friend/mentor Arlene Steingberg.
One of the most prominent things that the dutch masters followed was chirascuro- the contrasting effect of dark and light. Many Dutch painters drew inspiration from the art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610), the great innovator working in Rome who made chiaroscuro the principal means of expression in his art. Pieter Claesz, was one of the most prominent painters in this appealing and still-popular genre and one of my favourites along with Willem Kalf & Jan Davidsz. de Heem.
This work is on pastel board too, I used some inktense along with my usual neocolor underpainting. I don’t seem to like them since I am not able blend in my pencils very smoothly over them with my brush. I don’t have a fancy camera that could catch a candle behind a distorted glass, so I had to do that from life. I learnt a lot while doing this piece and it was a lot of fun.
Still life with oranges – 24×13.5 – neocolors/inktense and cp’s