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Friday, 3 December 2010

Backgrounds in Still Life Paintings



In a previous post I wrote about my painting, Orange and Grapes on Plate. Backgrounds of still life paintings are important and need careful consideration. In my painting, I used a muted violet. This hue (color) enhances the warm orange slices. I frequently paint backgrounds using a mixture of 2 hues that are from objects in my painting. The main hue of this mixture is usually the complement of my focal point. As I also mentioned, dark colors are not close to objects I wish to paint with a luminous glow. Dark values will detract from the luminosity of the object. Colors may be dark and still transparent. Transparent paints will push a shape further back from the picture plane. Representational artists often use transparent paints in the backgrounds of their art.

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