Monday, September 5, 2011

Mummy Cave

1.45 Mummy Cave, Canyon de Chelly. Going forward, I would like to focus more on how shadows can be used to convey the shape of an object. In this painting I tried to use shadows alone to show the form of the Anasazi dwelling. The cliff face and the structure are almost of a uniform color such that without the shadows, the structure would be very well camouflaged against the cliff. I still put some contrast between the colors but may try to use even less contrast in the future.

The other thing that I like about shadows is that they can imply the presence of things that are outside the frame. In this case, the shadow engulfing the house suggests that there is a large escarpment just to the right of our view.

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