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Almost Black and White

The table tops were pink, the stone wall was a golden yellow ocher color, and the stone floor was a pale Naples yellow, but at noon, it all became black and white.  Only the trees and bushes retained some of their color.  The quick sketch I did of the outdoor dining area at our Antigua resort shows the bleaching effect of the noon-day sun and the patterns made by the shadows.

Shadows Sketch

Shadows Sketch

You can see the pink of the tabletop in the painting I did of a small black bird getting ready to take a sip from one of the glasses on the table.

One for the Road

One for the Road

Since the colors are visible, this table, obviously, was in the shade, although still brightly lit by the indirect sunlight.  (The fact that the table was set and people had been sitting at it also says it was in the shade;  it was way too hot to sit in the direct sunlight.)

I’m working on a larger painting of the Shadows sketch which will be still fairly representational.  Maybe when that’s done, I’ll try a more abstract version just emphasizing the shadow patterns … a little like the progression (from representational to abstract) I described in my last blog.

Posted by ruthhurd on August 31, 2011

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