Green Pear Daily Painting

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Pear – 6" x 6" (15.25 x 15.25 cm) – Oil on Gessoed Panel

A few weeks ago I was reading about sharp and soft edges in paintings in my favorite book right now, Harold Speed’s The Practice and Science of Drawing. Within days of reading about this topic I visited the Titian, Tintoretto, and Vernese exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and saw Titian's Venus Anadyomene, where the entire horizon was entirely diffused though it did not take away from the perceiving the edge of the sea to the sky.

With this painting I specifically chose to investigate the affect of diffused edges, painting a larger proportion of soft edges and deciding on only a few areas of specifically sharp and defined edges. I wanted to see if this would help create a greater sense of atmosphere and depth, I will play with this idea for a while to see where else soft diffused edges can strengthen a composition.