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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Rabbit Hill Farm

18x24 inches
oil on canvas

The pictures seem to be back.

Painter's Tip

Ambient Light

When painting, take into consideration the ambient light on the scene in front of you.

For instance, if you were painting a red car, the light on the roof might appear blue because it is reflecting the light from the sky overhead, so you are dealing with more than the direct sunlight which we all are familiar with. We are dealing with the reflections of ambient light as well.

Light is bouncing all around us on location so we must train ourselves to carefully observe what we see as well as what we think we know. We cannot rely on local color alone to make decisions. Use your observation skills rather than your pre-conceived notions to apply color.

There are color temperature changes within big broad shapes. That is what will make your paintings really become dimensional,if you can get a handle on providing temperature changes within the major shapes. Because of ambient light on surfaces you may have subtle areas of warmth in cool distant trees, and cool areas in closer or immediate areas of the painting.

This will keep your paintings from being too flat. When the values are the same, changes in the temperature can add dimension within the space.

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