Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chasing Chiaroscuro

I haven't been taking many pictures lately.  Or at least it feels that way.  I recently started using  Lightroom 3 and Photo Shop Elements 9 (thanks for the freebie Dodd Camera!) which has caused me to learn some things and change my workflow a bit.  It's all good and well worth it but "teaching old dog new trick" requires time and brain cells which are already limited.  I'm planning to make up for the lack of new photos this weekend.  I've already been out this morning hiking, but more about that later.
I've been doing a little research on the word chiaroscuro.  This word has been following me around and pestering me for a while now.  I thought I'd pay attention finally.  As I started learning about it and letting it sink in, the tables turned.  Now I'm chasing chiaroscuro.

chiaroscuro (kee-ar-uh-SKYOOR-o) noun
The treatment of light and shade in a work of art, especially to give an illusion of depth.
[From Italian, from chiaro (clear, light) + oscuro (obscure, dark).]
An Italian word literally meaning "light dark", used to describe the skillful balance of light and dark in a painting, with strong contrasts to create dramatic effect. The paintings of Caravaggio and Rembrandt are good examples.

1 comment:

  1. Taking this journey with you through the years has just been such a gift.

    Your artful spirit + your sublime work = JOY.