Friday, June 17, 2016

Leaky Light

About fifteen years ago, I was painting on Boothbay Common when it dawned on me that I didn't have to encapsulate the whites and limit them to the exact space within an object.  A shape could become more interesting if the light leaked out of the object and flowed into the surrounding area.

If that's hard to understand, look at this painting of Old Orchard Pier.  The lighted sides of the building "leak" out into the building next to it or the dock itself or into the edge of the surf.  This approach creates more interesting shapes than mere rectangles contain. Trace your finger around the whites and you'll see that the shapes that are formed by the leaky light are much more entertaining than a more accurate depiction of the scene.

 Also, the imprecise edges in the pilings and the buildings give some relief to a static rendering with  very rigid, straight lines.

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