I have not finished my above painting, Ballerina Tying her Shoes. I wanted to discuss inside lighting as well as visual weight. My painting is descriptive; I was not emphasizing my usual power, grace, etc. The focal point is the area where the dancer’s hands are tying her shoes. Although the focal area has the lightest lights it does not have the darkest darks. There are many art elements that have visual weight and attract the viewer’s eyes. A figure has visual weight; next the face and then the hands carry visual weight. In my painting, the face is partially hidden and looking in the direction of the hands, my focal point.
There are problems when painting the light source inside a room. It is usually best to have one light source or one strong light source and a weaker light source. When painting figures inside a room there is usually more than one light source. In my above painting there were originally strong light sources from above. I changed the light source to a single source from the right. The artist, Degas was a master at using different light sources. Light sources on his dancers might originate from above the figures, below and from both sides of the figures. In Degas’ painting, Blue Dancers, the light source is above and strikes both shoulders and arms.
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