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Tamara Kulish

Poplar Bluff, MO

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Chiaroscuro Group

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The artful technique of light and dark contrasts with shadows to give a 3 dimensional effect to 2 dimensional works. The goal is to bring out the BEAUTY in each piece you submit to this group. Please, only submit your BEST works!

Chiaroscuro (English pronunciation: /kiˌɑːrəˈskjʊəroʊ/; Italian: [kjarosˈkuːro]; Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. In photography, chiaroscuro often is effected with the use of \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Rembrandt lighting,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'this according to Wikipedia.

And as we all know, you can achieve this deep contrast with all kinds of new techniques with our vast forms of photo enhancement these days :) The key is to balance it in a good photograph, or artwork. To add volume and a sense of visual weight to a subject that draws the eye in and takes you through the subtle curves or lines. In short, this technique can produce some very intriguing fine art photography and beautiful fine art.

This group is for everyone that loves to add drama to photography and artwork.

Accepting ALL MEDIUMS now!! (Photos, Digital Art, Mixed Media and Paintings) This was originally just photography, but as it is evolving it seems to be a good idea to allow paintings, since the original technique did come from that media!!

Color, black and white, and sepia are accepted. Traditionally it evolved from two colors, but you can do whatever you like in that area. Any subject matter, flowers, botanicals, still life, portraits (SORRY NO NUDES!), animals, landscapes....whatever you like, just keep it contrasting with the light and the dark, with a strong emphasis of shadows.

*Note: It is important that the background is darker than the subject in the light, or if the subject is dark it needs to display shadows, from the light source. The traditional technique is most often a dark background with the subject showing shadows opposite the light source. The key really is lots of shadows, with light source on subject, which adds depth and drama.

For paintings created with a dark under painting first: please include the word Chiaroscuro in your key words and be sure to add it to the description! I (Tamara) love to start on dark backgrounds I've prepared and then paint on top to bring the light into the shadows!

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