On Edge - Perspectives from The Artist's Road
The two paintings above show how edges, especially edge contrasts can create different sensations within similar compositions. The Reader can be thought of as a modified impressionistic style, having been painted with dabs and strokes of paint. All edges are softened so as to create a sense of shimmering light. This painting is all about the light reflecting off the figure and transmitted by the umbrella. Volumes and modeled form are created through soft edges of color temperature contrasts, for the most part. Hawthorne's Woman Sewing is a little different, though. Here, strong value contrasts of muted color have been used to model the form of the figure sitting in strong sunlight. She is sharply defined against the soft background. The details of her face are hard to make out. Hawthorne skillfully employed color temperature changes within his edges and on the figure to rotate her in space. Overall, though, the mood here seems to be more somber.
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