Obscura Fenestra

Obscura Fenestra

Watercolor
15 x 19
This painting is nearly done. I have been asked about its composition or why I chose to paint this subject. While visiting the Dickens Fair in San Francisco I came upon a shop window that was very intriguing. This painting composition is based on a photograph taken of the shop window.

Most importantly in this composition is the various planes and lines. The window frame is one plane and the boxes and contents move in the opposite direction. It gives the image depth. The cross lines are also not centered in the image so the eye moves about the image following all the different lines and surfaces.

The color choices here are all warm colors, a golden glow of candle light yet the skull remains mostly white. The paper with image brings the eye or focus to that point because it is the greatest contrast point in the painting.

The composition is also aided by the various head images. Take note of the skull and then the diving mask in the upper right corner. Many say that the viewers eye is pulled up in that direction.

I hope you enjoy the painting. An image of its final form will be posted on my http://www.fineartsamerica.com site.

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