© 1998, 1999, WetCanvas!
|1. The feathery red hat is an example of Vermeer suggesting texture by means of 'working the edge'. This is probably the simplest method of creating a texture impression.
2. The polished ebony lions head is deliberately unfocused to bring it forward. Solid dots within a milky halo are the method used here to suggest polished highlights.
3. The blue silken sash below is made thin and silky by 'hard edge' differentials between the light and dark blue. The edges of the softer folds in the cape are not as harsh. I could have simply worked the edges to make it a fur coat.
|Look, think discover the logic then apply it. This topiic will be addressed in more detail later lessons on turning points and in the advanced lessons section on painting silk, satin, fur, linen, etc.
This is an excellent detail from a painting of an artist? identifying and repeating a simple shape. I counted more than ten repetitions of the sickle moon shape.
The artist was perceptive enough to realize the particular element had significance both as a descriptive shape, and to his Islander subjects, as a religious and tribal icon (as it does to many other groups).