Sunday, August 9, 2015


                                 "Popham Beach"  15" X 22"

Capturing the feeling of sunlight is sometimes difficult, mostly because of our fear of committing to dark values.  It is the contrast between these light and dark values that is the best way to convey sunlight.

In this painting of some buildings in Popham Beach, Maine, the cast shadows on the roof and from the building on the left explain the direction of the light.  The cast shadows on the road also create a shape of light values that begins on the side of the building and then flows down to the roadway.  Squint your eyes and you will see that the light shape is an interesting pattern that interweaves with the dark values of the shadow areas.  It is this contrast that is central to creating the feeling of sunlight.

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