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Friday, 20 August 2010

Light and Shadow in Fine Art Paintings



This is my painting, The Lighthouse. Light and shadow are important and are used frequently to establish form (illusion of 3 dimensions) and depth (atmospheric perspective). Light and shadow are elements of color value and hue. It is best if there is one main light source. Three quarter lighting is excellent to create form. Complete sidelight is very dramatic and colorful. Backlighting is used frequently in night scenes; one does not see forms. Shapes are evident. Front lighting was used by the impressionists; it is easy to see color but limits form. Many artists paint a cool light and warm shadow. As you can see from my painting, I prefer a warm light and cool shadow. Also, the lighthouse is painted in complete sidelighting. Colors in light and shadow are clear. The form of the lighthouse is not as round as it would be in three quarter lighting.

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