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It would see me, basic and a little crude - but that dosen't matter at this stage?

The window in the same condition.

Add a blue ceiling, some walls and a red table (this is roughly what the pearl would see if it could see). Next we squeeze it into a round shape (with a computer this is easy, in a painting you would work backward.) I am a little disappointed at this stage as it looks rather raw and nothing like a pearl. But, staring failure in the eye, we must proceed (forever faithful to our logic).

So lets us rid ourselves of the black edges. Then, since a pearl is not a perfect mirror, I will blur everything ...

Now we can and add a little milky screen (I somehow remember pearls are a little milky, aren't they?)

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Still too much saturated color and dark values - so maybe another yellowish screen (glaze) ...

OK ; Now let's cut it out and give it a hard edge ... as it is not made of fur! (later we will look at a lesson on how edge effects texture) ...

That's looks better. Now for the suggested table and ceiling

But can't I have a string, seeing I made it myself?

Why, I'm virtually rich! So why can't a pauper have a millionaire's imagination? I expect any artist can always be rich beyond the dreams of mere mortals, the difficulty becomes one of keeping reality in plain view.

PS. I am concerned you may think I am confusing computer graphics with oil painting. I am not as this is a lesson about 'looking'. In either case we must still learn the essence or nature of things before we can make them - using paint or computers. With our 'pearls,' as with the world, that is the starting point, and remember, everything exists in relationship to light and other things nearby. The rest is simple logic - either with a brush or computer. OK, lets look some more into the world of the painter.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Draw and color your own string of pearls using oil pastels or crayons. Hint ... use a toned paper for background. Allow 40min.

GO TO ... looking into a deeper, deeper world or back to lesson list

GO TO ... looking into a deeper, deeper world or back to lesson list

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