Sunday, January 24, 2010

Discovery Trail and Light

In John F. Carlson's book "Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting" he has a chapter about light. Here is an excerpt from that chapter.

The highest light possible in a painting is only white paint (and seen in the tempered light of a studio or gallery). Nature's light is the sun. Paint absorbs light; the sun gives it. The painter has only reflected light and lighted darks to work with (for even his darkest darks in a picture have to have light thrown on them to be seen). His lightest light is somewhere near white paint, which (also in a gallery) has the indoor modified light to show it up.

This is good stuff. The whole chapter on light is very inspirational. It is hoped that this influences my painting of light in a positive way.


Donna T said...

I really admire the way you have depicted the light in this painting, Donna! It glows upward in the sky, reflects off the water and even bounces from the sunlit grasses onto the shadowed rock faces. Doesn't get any better than this!

Donna Van Tuyl said...

Thank you Donna. The things I am learning from the Carlson book has me all excited. He has a way with words and with painting.