This morning seems to be a fight to get on track with the time warp that is normal world obligations. In my mind I am rationalizing that it is a 3-4 hour delay of sorts and by the end, all that I hope to have accomplished will be done.
While I enjoy having people come over to visit, have a café, a bit of bread…it really would be more interesting if I understood what was being discussed. Much of the time here, I am learning how to hone my visual cue “guessing” skills with physiology in trying to understand gestures and facial cues until the language barrier is overcome.
I guess it is ironic, that the first thing I do in the morning is spend time with my German lessons and today i hear, “we have guests!”
What it did was have me come to a question that I really don’t understand much. Is the use of light in old master paintings? While it might sound simplistic for a question, I really wonder if the paintings were done in low candlelight? Did they paint with whatever available natural light was there? Was the desired effect a dark, semi-visible image in normal light?
The reason I ask is most of the time, the images of old masters, or people who paint in old master style are dark, seeming to mask or hide the subject from the opposite side of the art spectrum with photorealism.
I love natural light. I love warm light. Perhaps that is why I am a bit anxious to get to Colorado and enjoy many days with natural light. Where I grew up, usually was ranked only behind Seattle for least days of sunshine in the USA. When I was in Arizona, I thought I died and went to heaven with the 330 days of sunshine each year. You get spoiled with it. While new LED lights have been a dramatic improvement over hideous compact flourescent lamps the government wants everyone to use, they still are cold in how they light to me.
Where I am located, provides amazing morning light that comes in over the mountains. Warm, glowing, yet, not too overpowering. It is here that I can look at the images and see the color and subject matter in a completely different, far more beautiful way than most of the day.
Thus, if someone is an art major, or understands the way color and light were painted – or with what conditions the painters actually worked when painting, please forward an email with the reasons. I am very interested and curious.
While not a great image for the blog post, I was staring at it when people were having a conversation and I was mindlessly trying to understand the discussion about last nights TV show (for those that know me, the idea of what television programming has become with reality TV would have me more likely to self lobotomize than watch any television)
So I marveled at what a painter did 100 years ago. As the light moved, I watched how the color and image changed.
If you want to see the actual image with the little flowerpot... Send an email. Better yet, just send your mailing address with a note, “I want an old master flower pot card” and I will send you a print of what you don’t see.
That sounds like fun. The image is really worthy of a card. We can make a sort of game out of all this. Snail mail interaction started on the Internet. It will be good to start making the cards again. it has been a while.