Blue eyes blue trees

Derek did a fantastic job today shooting the video for the Ancestors project. I liked the results we got very much, and enjoyed the pleasant company of six friends who came over to sit as our eye models. We had a great time getting super close shots of their eyes making slight movements in the screen, finding amusing moments with winking, smiling and shocked expressions. I think it’s going to do exactly what I hoped, with these eyes scanning the courtyard of the university and alternately making people nervous or entertaining them. We used a heavy blue-coloured sidelight and an orange / brick-coloured up-light to make the lighting work well within the night-time environment where the screen is placed. It ended up looking not unlike one of my paintings.

This evening I got back to the studio to place a blue glaze over the birches. The first shot shows the painting with the Ultramarine Blue glaze over the background. The second shows the trees after the blue has been wiped out with a rag and highlights added in white. I’ll add a little green and brown to add flavor to the trunks later. Look to a couple of posts earlier to see the difference this has made.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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