Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wet Paint - A Winter's Morning Sun


A Winter's Morning Sun, oil/panel, 12"x24"

A favorite subject of mine -- not the tree, the light. Read on.

This entire painting, just as in this detail, is all about the mingling of warm and cool passages of paint which translates into light and shadow. Keeping the eye visually entertained is paramount in my approach so that no matter how minutely you look at a section of the painting it is a microcosm of the entire work.

This section of the painting is sun struck and therefore is predominately warm -- note the word, predominately. There are still cool passages to give interest and vitality to the warmth of the light.

Here the application of paint is somewhat different. I am using the handle of the brush to scrape and carve back into shapes to suggest the texture of the pine needles and the distant grasses -- literally pushing and abrading the surface to create the needed texture.

Rather than using extreme value contrasts, I have found that using temperature changes to portray light and shadow creates more luminosity. By keeping my values close, a lighter and more atmospheric effect is achieved.

By the way, I do happen to like this tree very much.

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2 comments:

  1. Masterful, as usual!

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  2. I have just found your site, thanks to another artist! I strive, and I do mean strive, to paint as you do.....don't think I'll quite make it. I have already learned so much from this posting and I thank you! Back to the drawing board. Will be learning from you daily on your site.

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