Thursday, September 4, 2008

Painting time of day

I've been working lately, among other things, on paying close attention to the color of light at different times of day. Thanks to some wonderfully concise instruction from Elin Pendleton, (see her painting blog here) I've clarified my own understanding of how light changes from morning, to noon, to evening. Both the color of sunlit and shadow areas are affected by the time of day, and artists can communicate a feeling of morning or afternoon, or evening, or moonlight, by how they choose colors.
Here is a small (5x5) study of morning light. There's a bit of mist, so common here in New England early in the day, which gives a diffuse and soft quality to the distant objects.
Sheep are a favorite subject of mine, and I think they fit well in the mood I wanted to set in this early morning view. I hope you like it!


Elin Pendleton said...

You have the time of day down with your colors, Deb. Good work! I hope you Off the Wall sale goes "like hotcakes!" --Elin

Deb Pero Daily Paintings said...

wow.. a comment straight from "the horse's mouth"! Thanks Elin. I'm eagerly awaiting the color flash cards. And I added a link to your painting blog above, something I meant to do when I posted it..