Many of Lois’s paintings also exemplify the art technique known as chiaroscuro.
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In Red Vase and Orange, for example, Lois used the intense contrast of a white cloth against a dark background to create a focal point—drawing attention directly to the reflective red vase and fruit surrounding it.
And if that weren’t enough, the circular shape of the cloth and the triangular arrangement of leaves create a “frame-within-a-frame” for even more emphasis.
Not all of Lois’s paintings use a dark background, however, like Fancy Fruit, below.
I really love the detail work in this piece—the lace pattern especially, but even the tiny dots near the bottom of the painting are wonderful.
Lois’s composition is perfect too. Notice how she’s split the canvas horizontally in fairly equal thirds (one section for the fruit, one for the lace detail, and another for the remainder of the cloth) which gives a nice balance to the piece overall.
That hem at the bottom also works as a barrier to keep your eyes within the painting. Mine were continually moving, traveling from the colorful fruit at the top, down to the the bottom of the painting, resting there, and then heading back up again along the colder blue shadow of the cloth.
My favorite painting, however, of all her work, was this one entitled Time Gone By.
There’s a wonderful deep red color running throughout the painting—in the onions, the wood at the bottom of the painting, the books. . . even in that old metal pitcher.
It’s subtle, but that single color ties the entire piece together, bringing unity to each of the objects scattered ever-so-carefully around those gloriously blooming hydrangeas.
For more of Lois Eakin’s paintings, please visit her online portfolio at LoisEakin.com.
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