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I'm painting my stairs that are against a yellow brick wall white w black treads and it is an open concept. it will most likely have thin metal black railing. What finish/color lighting fixtures can I have?

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The lighting in the picture beside heading number 2 is interesting, but as a sculptor it should give you a lot to think about. As an artist, you are presenting a representation of an object or form that you want your viewer to take in through their own eyes and with their own lense of experience and perspective, but you do want to have some at least initial control over how the piece is presented to and absorbed by the viewer. That means that how a piece is set and lit can be part of your artist's palette.

In that photo, one of three things is happening: Either the lighting designer was confused about the point of the exercise (i.e. cast light on the art so we can see it), or they wanted to make the lighting itself the focus of this view, with the artworks simply set pieces upon which to play with brilliance and gloom. Or, if the owner (or from your perspective, the artist) had a say in this lighting scheme, then there was a deliberate effort being made to light the works (for lack of a more apt term) "ironically." Putting strong backlighting in place that casts the pieces into shadow and silhouette and obscures the details of the art. Making the viewer fight, struggle, work, to discover the beauty or message of the piece.

That could be exactly what you want to do, as a modern artist working to play with more than simply the physical dimensions of your medium. But to someone looking to present a piece of art in the classical manner -- where setting and lighting are more or less supposed to be unobtrusive and either helpful or at least neutral to the experience of viewing the work -- this is probably inadvisable.

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Finally, some lighting examples that do not shine in my aging face so all I see is the light. Bless the example of sky.

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