Chiarascuro – Black Background Horse Portraits - Three Red Ponies

Chiarascuro – Black Background Horse Portraits

One of my favourite techniques in traditional oil paintings is chiarascuro, a classic technique developed by da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt who used high contrast shadows and light to create drama in their paintings.

I don’t have the time (or the patience) required to create photo realistic oil paintings any more, but I am really enjoying playing with this technique again with my studio lighting equipment.

Black background studio horse photograph
Black background studio fine art horse photography
Black background studio horse photography
Black background studio horse photography
Wilson on black background studio horse photography

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I’ve had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light, studio lights and environment. 1.

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Stunning Wall Art Display Ideas for Horse Lovers

It can be a daunting task to try and work out the best options and ways to display artwork for your home, especially when the mass produced generic prints you find in every home decor store follow similar styles and themes. You may even see the same print or something similar in a friend or family member’s home! Your home

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