I was really excited about doing this exercise after researching artists such as Rembrandt who practice’s painting on to dark backgrounds.
I used a different colour compared to the study on the white background, as well as a different set of subjects. I replaced the apple with some grapes. After experimenting with positions and composition, what I wanted to achieve from this exercise seemed more fitting to grapes in comparison to the apple.
I used ultramarine for the background then simply used white for highlighted areas and a mixture of the two paints to range the tones. Now having completed this painting, I have to say that I preferred the colour from my previous study, however, I am happy that I took the opportunity to experiment.
Whilst spending some time in Galleries recently, I have become hypnotised by dark backgrounds. The way the subject seems to come out of the paper is incredible. This is a technique that I definitely want to spend some more time experimenting with. I can’t wait to explore different layers of colour, especially since my findings from previous exercises with regards to the vibrancy of paint from doing this.
I really want to perfect the smoking effect that Rembrandt achieves to enhance the shapes of the subject. I particularly chose to both angle the lamp and my point of view, to enhance the subject melting in to the darkness.
I plan on purchasing a thinner brush for finer details. Or twist it even finer once my paint is applied.
I really want to explore portraits using this technique and In fact several subjects. I really enjoy the dramatic/ extreme contrast that it brings to a painting. It creates a real sense of battle to a painting. Battling of emotions, the fight between light and dark. As well as colour in to the nothing and the subject being swallowed up by the darkness.
Finally, I positioned the subject to the right of the composition (off centre), because I wanted to include the shadow effect using this technique. I was unsure about doing this at first, however, I feel it adds to what I wanted to achieve during this exercise. I also wanted the paint to blend a little above the handle between the light and dark area of the shadow, however, this is a learning experience of using this technique.