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12-25-2005, 03:07 PM

Hello all and Merry Christmas,

Recently I finished this piece. It was inspired by a class that I was teaching with charcoal techniques plus with this new theory of triangulating lights and darks...I was so happy with the results that I dove into doing it myself. It was about 60 hours of work...but I have never had so much fun with the details of realism that I am having now.



12-25-2005, 03:42 PM
:clap: What a beautifull work Michael. Thanks so much for sharing. :D :wave: Very inspiring!! :clap: Sure sounded like real fun after seeing such a great result.

12-27-2005, 04:35 PM
I really did wonder what I was opening :D

Great onions, and I love the texture you've created with the fabric.

12-27-2005, 11:40 PM
It is a beautiful work Michael. Pinched me on that word triangulated though, but whatever it means to you -- it works.

Must've been fun for the students trying to absorb that :)


12-28-2005, 04:52 AM
Hi Michael, :wave:

I have to agree. Beautiful work. I am working with charcoal a great deal right now and your work makes me want to take some of mine to a more finished level. I am not sure about 60 hours of finish though. I used to put that kind of time in but get fidgety now or something.

I am curious about the size of this piece and the paper you used. Do you have any others?

Thanks for posting it!


12-28-2005, 07:44 PM

That's absolutely gorgeous charcoal work! It's absolutely exceptional!

I got quite a smile from your title!

I hadn't heard of triangulating lights and darks. Can you explain?


Barb Solomon:cat:

12-30-2005, 11:22 AM

Thanks all for your comments.


Triangulation of light and dark is a new method to arrange your visual information. I have a dear friend Martine Vaugel, http://www.vaugelsculpture.com/, who developed triangulation in perspective: find two points on a body then locate the third by the angles from the other two. Hence a triangle.


This is a drawing from a beginning student, Brett, which employs this technique.

I took this idea of triangulation into the realm of light. Finding and commiting to a hierarchy of bright, brighter, brightest and dark, darker, darkest. You find your top three lights and compare and contrast them allowing no other light areas to compete. Sometimes, in real life, it looks like the lights are the same...but that doesn't help your painting. Its much more interesting for the eye to have one bright area, then a lessor bright, etc.

So comparing them in threes, like a triangle keeps you focused on the big picture of light and dark.

Oh, and then, you have all the lights and darks that are not in the big three...I then make sure they are as neutral as possible.

What surprised me so much...was how easily this facilitates a living realism. When blacks and lights are used indescriminately, no matter how nice the details it would look dead. This method keeps the hierarchy ie. life to the work, and gives you a certain amount of certainty in the area you are working on.



12-30-2005, 09:37 PM
Thanks for the wonderful explanation, Michael! I really appreciate it!

Triangulation looks similar to something I have been doing for a while anyway. It's nice to hear a good description and explanation of it!

Very interesting!

Barb Solomon:cat:

12-30-2005, 10:15 PM
Michael, that is the cutest and most unexpected title I've seen. Good Job! Nice Focus on the Lights! Nickel