memory of sunlight…

Memory of sunlight 1. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Memory of sunlight 1. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

I love the ethereal effects resulting from natural light pouring through windows onto walls, especially in older buildings.

I photographed these images in my home earlier in April, as the afternoon spring sunlight flickered and filtered through to produce this chiaroscuro play of light and shadow on the wall. 

Memory of sunlight 2. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Memory of sunlight 2. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Straight from my digital camera, they’re not altered or enhanced in any way, apart from a slight cropping on one. If I could produce this kind of image in my painted artworks I’d be one happy bunny.

I’m a bit obsessed with photographing light in this way (you can see more of my images in the photography gallery in the menu above).

Memory of sunlight 3. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

Memory of sunlight 3. Digital photo, Mari French 2014

 

 

found compositions…

a few ‘found’ compositions among the incidental clutter of my small studio…

scraps

leftover scraps from my mixed-media work, stuck on my studio wall…
I add to them on a whim when I think a new piece fits… when I like it too much to throw it away… it may get used again at some point… or I may use the composition itself as inspiration for a future work…

wall detail

wall detail

leaf skeletons interest me… I wedged this one on my wall behind a card… later realising how it echoes the tree on the card…

the photo quality isn’t great on these I’m afraid, but I didn’t want to use flash and the light was pretty low, and they were taken on a sudden whim…

rag landscape

rag landscape

rag landscape 2

rag landscape 2

I love the sometimes accidental beauty of paint rags and palettes… this one had been used for blotting the inky impressions of a recent work…
and seems to suggest abstract field patterns and shadows… even the underlying weave of the cloth subtly adds to the effect…

any other artists want to share their own ‘found compositions’?