Friday, November 5, 2010
the difference an hour makes
This painting was created at an earlier time than Tuesday's. 4:30ish.The trees were bathed in half light and the foreground had some warmth with cool shadows. It was those moments before the foreground switches to cool as the sun goes below the trees and later the horizon. The sun was still high enough to make the distant hills cooler. Ah, the difference an hour makes!
I used the sky color as my unifier. The golden yellow is lightest in the sky and where it lights the distant land. The land is still the second lightest mass with gold (after the sky) because the sun is still high enough in the sky. The trees have a rich darker version of gold as they are vertical and thus darker. The darkest part is in the deep shadow of the pond's lip.
When painting the landscape there is a basic order of value (normally):
1. sky is lightest
2. land reflects sky so it is slightly darker, but a light
3. verticals are darker still