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My studio is set up in the living room. Glare is a real problem. There are bright white kitchen cupboards all along the wall behind my chair. I thought about getting a couple of folding screens to put behind my chair and covering them with black fabric. That might eliminate most of the glare because Mark says that glare always comes from directly opposite the canvas. If I could paint with the curtains open, with the glare eliminated by the black screens, do you think this would work?
However, I thought Mark said that you don’t get glare from light-sources at the sides of the canvas, but I seem to experience quite a lot of glare when the curtains are open.
The alternative might be to set things up so that I paint with artificial light only. One problem is that I can’t see color as well with artificial light as I do with daylight. (It's only a subtle difference, but still important) I’m 71 now and my specialist said that the retina deteriorates with age and does not cope as well with lower light. (Maybe I could add an extra light bulb, but I don't quite know how I could do that) The advantage to using artificial lighting is, of course, that I can paint any time I feel like it. If I set the studio up so that it I am using overhead lights only, then I'm going to have to find a way of blocking all the light that pours in over the top of the curtains. I would need to do this so that the lighting is always consistent whether I'm painting at night or during the day.
Today I looked at Lucia in the daylight with the curtains wide open, and I was upset by how rough the painting looked compared to when the curtains are shut. Will the quality be even worse if I just use overhead lights I wonder?
I would appreciate some advice from you more experienced people out there. Thanks.