Wednesday, June 19, 2013

High Key Palette

How to get that effect of bright sunlight?  Try using a high key palette.  Most of this painting is painted in midtone and light values.  The granite ledge was actually darker in the shadow areas, but by not going above a light mid- value,  even the shadows say "sunny day".  And avoid painting grass dark green.  If you look at sunlight on grassy areas, it is a very light yellow green. 

I painted with the Plein Air Painters of Maine today, a loose knit group of painters in the mid-coast region of Maine.  The only instruction is gained from walking around, looking at the works of other painters to see their interpretation of the scene.  I enjoy the comeraderie of being with other like-minded people.

Try a high key painting. 

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