Monday, August 18, 2008


I love this picture of you, Brett, Hayden and Gael from a few weeks ago. It immediately made me think of the paintings that use the chiarascuro technique:

The Nativity by Gerard van Honthhorst.

And in this Fragonard painting The Lock.

And this untitled landscape painting by Jan Both.

Chiaroscuro (Italian for light-dark) is a term in art for a contrast between light and dark. The term is usually applied to bold contrasts affecting a whole composition, but is also more technically used by artists and art historians for the use of effects representing contrasts of light, not necessarily strong, to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body.
{from wikipedia}

And yes, my name does mean light.

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