Sunday, July 3, 2016

Achieving the Feeling of Sunlight

Contrast is the key to achieving the portrayal of sunlight.  The feeling of light falling on the landscape can best be highlighted by the shadows surrounding it.  Many painters become timid when painting cast shadows and don't paint them dark enough.  The values then don't contrast enough and result in a tepid portrayal of the light.

Another consideration is to place the biggest contrast strategically.  If the darkest values extend everywhere, the eye will wander around the painting.  Consider gradating the darks so that the contrasts diminish.

Happy Fourth of July!

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