Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Lighting!

Daisies on Red
16 x 12

My studio has north and west facing windows, and I've always yearned for some southern exposure. In my continuing quest for sunlight, I broke down and bought a powerful spotlight from a camera shop: a professional-looking LED light called a Lightstorm Aputure.  It's a huge step up from the Home Depot brooder, clamp lamps with halogen floods that I've been using.  The light is very bright (equivalent to 1000W, according to the salesman) and cooler than I'm used to - something that's always deterred me from buying "daylight" bulbs as they seemed so blue - but the CRI (colour rendering index) is extremely high and so I'm not seeing a colour cast to the objects that I put under it.  In fact, colours are crazy rich, and it's taking some time to get used to.

Below are some of the small still life arrangements that I've painted since the big light up.  Because the light is cooler, I feel like I'm learning these familiar objects all over again.  The little bowl that I've painted dozens of times,  took me ages this time as none of the usual mixtures described what I was seeing.  And, for the first time, I'm seeing a lot of bounced colour from object to object, and from the ground cloth to the objects on it.  There are many new variables; I feel as if I have to recalibrate my eyes.

I haven't figured out my new colour space by any stretch, and things are too chromatic at the moment, but I'm having a blast.  Instead of imagining bright light and true colour, I can push a button and get it.  When winter comes, it'll be summer in my studio!

Happy painting!

Green Vase in Sunlight
12 x 16

Sake Bowl
8 x 10
Apples and Oil
11 x 14


Teri said...

Thank you for the info on your new LED light. It is quite spendy but your colors really do look great in your latest little works!

Ingrid Christensen said...

I'd been looking at one that was $5400, Teri, so this light seemed like a bargain by comparison. I figure it will be worth it, as I've been incredibly frustrated by lighting for a long time. The stress was killing me! :)

Chris O. said...

I LOVE that I can click on the images in your blog and they open larger on my big screen. (That's probably true of all blogs, but I'm only reading yours!) Thanks for posting great quality images.

Ingrid Christensen said...

I’m glad that you’re enjoying the image size,Chris. I figure that an art blog had better have decent pictures!
Happy painting!