What In The World Is Chiaroscuro?
I’ve always been drawn to the play between light and shadow. How about you?
For me I think back to walking in the forest and feeling drawn to the vast difference between navy shadows cast from the trees, and the green and gold patches lit up by the strobes of sunlight that are able to peek through them. This contrast also intrigues me in paintings and drawings. There is a technique called Chiaroscuro - "chiaro" meaning bright or lit up, and "scuro" meaning dark - that was initially used by some Great Masters to create impact in their art. Watch my time lapse video below to hear more about this technique and follow me as I create a dramatic pencil drawing of Alana Sparrow - instagram.com/alanasparrow
Art That Honors Our Whole Story
The play between light and shadow creates shapes, emotions, and a sense of drama. I was inspired to create this pencil drawing because the model seemed to portray both strength and softness, determination and vulnerability. I am fueled to create art that honors our whole story as women and as humans - that shows the power that can arise from being vulnerable. When I drew this piece, I thought of all women. I thought about how our eyes tell stories unspoken. Eyes that seek to understand our place, and that are looking to connect. And when I look in the mirror and see light falling on my features, I try to remember and honor my story. That I’ve earned every line, shadow and gray hair. I also try to remember the sparkle in my eye that holds my goofy side, and the determination to never give up or give in.
Am I the Only One Who is Curious About People's Stories?
When I see people, I often find myself wondering what their lives are like. Am I the only one?
Watch my video below and let me know if you think the same things that I do.
The Woman Who Inspired This Pencil Drawing
And now a little bit about this incredible human that I had the honor to draw - she was the winner of my Sketch giveaway last November. For those of you that know Loretta, you will agree with me that she has the warmest and kindest smile. She just beams with enthusiasm for life.
But hers wasn't always an easy path.
Loretta grew up with many siblings, cousins and a lot of family around. Yet her life took a painful turn when she lost her mom at the tender age of 11. At such a young age, Loretta had to find ways to survive the pain. As survivors often do, she coped in ways that led her to lose parts of herself by focusing on making others happy. Looking back at her life now, Loretta realizes that it is essential to allow oneself to experience and even honor the feelings that loss and pain bring, and on the other hand also allow oneself to find happiness.
Life continued on, and one of Loretta's greatest joys was becoming a mom to two boys. Now grown men, she values the supportive love that they give to her, just as she did for them when they were children.
But questions remained, "Why don't I feel like I have it all together now?" "What do I like?" Loretta set out to prioritize feeling good and decided that she also wanted to help others in midlife to feel the same way. Authentically sharing her journey in her blog, www.lorettasayer.com/blog and on her IG page, instagram.com/introspective.adventurer , she leads her readers on a path of discovery.
The enthusiasm for growing, learning and being adventurous, all in a real way, makes reading her words like a good book that is hard to put down.
As she herself says, "My goal is to be authentic, raw, honest and vulnerable while exploring what it is that makes us who we are." It is in her exploration, that her story is emerging.
Follow this vivacious, fun and introspective adventurer, Loretta Sayers! I guarantee that you be drawn in by her charisma - and you just might learn something about yourself along the way.