Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Candle - 7x5, oil on panel

This little exercise illustrates why you cannot always paint white objects white. In order to get the effect of brilliance that a flame produces, you need to mute everything else.

Candle flames are much brighter than white paint, which is the lightest value a painter has at his or her disposal. Therefore, this candle is more of a middle tone than a light tone.

The "white" tulip is also a middle value. It probably would have been even more effective if I had used a darker background and an even darker value for the candle, but since I wanted to use this color for the background, I had to compromise a bit.

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