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PostSubject: Shadow and light   Wed May 05, 2010 7:22 am

How do you handle shadow and light in your painting?

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 8:09 am

I've been researching the subject and here's some of the information I found interesting:

"Remember, shadows are not simply ‘black’. Use darker tones of the colors in the objects, or dark complementary colours."

From this site: http://painting.about.com/cs/paintingknowhow/a/shadows.htm

Very interesting article. Landscape Painting: Which Direction is the Sun Shining From?

Full article on this site: http://painting.about.com/od/landscapes/ss/lightdirection.htm

Extremely interesting article: http://www.anticz.com/drawing1.htm

Another really informative guide: http://www.guidetooilpainting.com/shadows.html

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 8:19 am

I found this excellent video:


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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 1:37 pm

I didn't have time to read all the information on shadows today, but I did watch the video. Wow, that was really good information. I especially liked the part on portrait shadows and what to look for. Thanks a lot, Janet.

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 2:50 pm

You're welcome Dayle! I'm glad you liked it. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 7:23 pm

I was too busy looking for the Art Hist. Myst. Challenge, so I'm just getting around to checking this out. Will have a look in a little bit. In the meantime - I usually work dark to light and keep the darks quite thin until most everything is in place. Then I can adjust the shadows - darker in some areas, more color if needed, and soften edges as they recede - whatever might need tweaking.

Will go have a look.....
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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 7:37 pm

Callie do you use complementary colors to create your darks or black or grays? Do you follow that whole warm light = cool shadow and cool shadow = warm light?

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 8:10 pm

The anticz article was a good read. He hit on one of my pet-peeves:

The biggest problem most people have is that they don’t paint in light and dark.
They muddie up pictures in the middle value range, not giving the image any dynamic lighting or depth in
the object. Just a lot of pretty cartoon colored objects. Most prime time cartoons work in this pallete, with no significant shadows or lighting.


Paintings that hang out in the middle range look flat and unfinished to me. I prefer more "drama" - strong contrasts and deep shadows that make the highlights really pop.
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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Tue May 11, 2010 8:45 pm

I've never bothered with that cool/warm - warm/cool shadow "rule". Especially when painting outdoors. The sunlight (on a clear day) usually doesn't read one way or the other to me, I just try to go for what I actually see. Painting from photos is a bit different since the shadow areas can be rather flat. I always mix colors rather than use a single color for shadows and dark areas. Just whatever I think works well for the subject, no rules or recipes!
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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Wed May 12, 2010 7:19 am

Thank you Callie for sharing your process dealing with shadow and light! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:58 pm

The video on shadowing was very helpful with the cast shadows, bounce shadows -- that information was great, as I have never been taught about painting, I only have painted by sight/observing and loved learning about shadowing -- Thank you Janet for getting that information for us.
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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:55 pm

Thanks for all the great information. I'm just getting caught up on it since it was originally posted the day I started my cross country trip.

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:32 am

You're welcome Dana! I was really excited when I found that video. It seemed like an easy way to understand Light and Shadow. Smile

You're welcome Judy! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:04 am

Great video Janet. I just got a chance to watch it. Thanks, Judy

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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:21 pm

One thing that I found made a difference is pulling in colors from the rest of the painting but in the same tone whether it is light or shadow. It allows for a more harmonious painting.
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PostSubject: Re: Shadow and light   Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:56 pm

Great tip Dale! Thank you!

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