Oct 2, 2007

Artfully Speaking

I found this vintage picture tucked amongst thousands of clip art images. It is considered a silhouette with liberal uses of white on her clothing and the pumpkin. Now, I know there has to be a reasonable explanation for this glamorously clad and coiffed woman standing inside of a giant, neatly carved pumpkin. She certainly isn't showing surprise by the mature hand extended and pointing her attention upward. Rather, she is calmly– with he own hands on hips– studying whatever is in that tree!

The discovery of this picture led to an interesting study of something called negative space.
Marion Boddy-Evans at writes this: "Negative space isn't the place your mind retreats to when a painting isn't going well. Negative space is the space between objects or parts of an object, or around it. Studying this can have a surprisingly positive effect on a painting."

Marion then expounds on the difference between silhouettes and negative space: "Traditionally a silhouette would be cut out from a piece of black paper, what is left of the sheet of paper would be the negative space. However, when you're making a silhouette, you're concentrating on the shape of the face. Negative space requires you to concentrate on the space around the object rather than the object itself."

Christ-Centered Art offers this definition of Giclée (Iris):

Giclée (pronounced ZHEE-clay) is the French term for "fine spray." A giclée print is created with digital printers using four tiny ink jets that spray more than 4 million microscopic water-based colored ink droplets per second onto a sheet of fine art paper or canvas, spinning on a drum at the rate of 250 inches per second.

Precise computer calculations control these ink jets to produce over 500 shades of dense, water-based ink. A computer scans the artist's original work to control the jets-- no printing film or plates are involved. The final product is a lush, vibrant, and velvety-looking art print; one that has the feel of a watercolor, and the clarity of an original painting.


  1. Hi,
    I haven't been to your blog before. I was referred here by Debra at Bunnies Bungalow. Your blog is great! I will be back to visit again. Come visit me as well.

  2. I just came by here, via The Bunnies Bungalow.

    The well dressed lady in a pumpkin shell could be referring to the old nursery rhyme...Peter Peter, Pumpkin Eater, had a wife and couldn't keep her. So he put her in a pumpkin shell, where he kept her, very well.


  3. Hi Pat!

    I have actually visited your blog before and can see that I have much to catch up on!

    Thank-you for your post. Yes, you are probably right that the black and white image refers to the old nursery rhyme. Boy, I sure didn't think about that! Ah, the beauty of having another set of eyes! Many of my silhouette images do have to do with old children's books and nursery rhymes... So, this makes total sense to me!

    Best Blessings!

  4. Thank you for your visit, Rosemary! I'm glad that you "hopped" on over from DebraK's little bunny yard! I will certainly hop by to see YOU!

    Best Blessings,


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