Still life studies of composition, light, contrast, and space

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Laura Keene Williams (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: My thesis show consists of twelve studies of four still lifes. The eleven paintings are oil on canvas, and the drawing is pencil on paper. Still life provides me with the most effective situation for dealing with my interests and concerns regarding composition, light, contrast, and space. For example, by virtue of my choosing to paint two objects in conjunction with two planes in every situation, the compositional problem becomes one of polarity. Seen chronologically, my work is a progression of polar compositions of increasing difficulty, which necessitate more and more complex solutions. It is less of a challenge for me to paint two objects and one plane, or to paint two planes and three or more objects. Therefore, I choose to eliminate these alternatives. I set up my still life situations in a natural light for both the situation and my palette. Varying the light in the paintings rather than in the studio allows me more control over the slight color and value modulations that become significant with a limited palette. Because of this, I can manipulate the warm and cool tones in light, and still use that light to both build the object as a form and provide a range for contrast between the surfaces of the planes and objects. I am looking for the light that creates the strongest form and highest surface contrast simultaneously.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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