Friday, December 31, 2010

My Shadow Box







I am making a shadow box to place my still life objects in so that I can control the light. I saw something similar on Wet Canvas months ago. I really like the set up that Carol Marine has, but haven't been able to have it built yet. I plan on cutting round holes in the sides where I can shine a light through and get a more directional lighting angle. In my studio I don't have good natural lighting so I must use lamps. It is a good size box and very sturdy. I am anxious to try it out!

13 comments:

Marian Fortunati said...

I've seen them and seen them used but I've never been able to figure out how to make them work for me.

I look forward to seeing more... Always enjoy your work.

Happy New Year!

Virginia Floyd said...

Very nice, Linda. I made myself a box out of foam board and duct tape. It does make a difference in controlling the light. I'm interested in your lights on a tripod. All I have right now are some clip-on lights. I usually clip them on a chair back. I can't always direct them exactly as I'd like. I think a tripod would be much better.

Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Pam Holnback said...

I've been meaning to make one of these, too. Maybe now I'll do that for myself for the New Year!

Kathy Cousart said...

Hi Linda,
I am interested in the light also! Looks like a big light at top and a second one? I need one of those-
I actually got all the stuff to make the CM still life box. Got it all home and it was huge! Decided it was a bit too big for now. I got a box and have the sides where they can be up or down and put it all on a laptop adjustable table. It works perfect for me. I can adjust for perspective and roll it closer, etc.
I am in a home office/living room for now so have to control lighting also. Great to share ideas.
Happy New Year.

Dana Cooper said...

My still life set up looks exactly like that Linda, it works well enough but I would like to figure out a more versatile system.
I will look forward to your work that comes from this!

Celeste Bergin said...

inspiring! I am tuned in to see the painting..Happy New Year!

mary maxam said...

excellent photos of this set up. thanks for sharing!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

What a great idea and thanks for sharing. I loved your previous painting...great colors and looseness. It is kind of "freeing" to work larger.
Happy new Year and Happy Painting!

Stephanie Berry said...

Thanks for posting these photos of your set up. My box looks just like that but I don't have a cool lamp like that. Do you know where you found that? I love your jar of roasted peppers--you come up with the coolest stuff to paint. Many blessings to you this 2011 Linda!

Gwen Bell said...

You read my mind! Have been wanting to do Carol's set up too. The set up box I have such a failure. These pics will help guide me to a better one. THANKS! Please post another set of photos when you put the holes in it.

Amber L. Bailey said...

What a great idea. I really like this. I think it will work out just fine :)
I was wondering how I'd do something for making still lifes easier/better.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love Carol's setup too, but have never even done the box one that you've made. It looks great and really, it's all you need.

Sandra Galda said...

nice set up thanks for showing us!