Wednesday, April 27, 2011
angles of the sun and how they relate to painting
I found this chart in a gardening book and it demonstrates fully what I mean. It's the same reason why we painters love sunrise and sunset. When the sun is low on its arc, as in the time from 3pm to 8am in winter or much less so from 7pm-7am in summer, the foreground is a darker and the upright trees have this incredible glow of light. The pleasures of side lighting and back lighting abound! Long shadows, beautiful color and details! Long live winter and the transitional times!
The least favorite time of most painters his high noon. This is when all the colors wash out and the landscape becomes FLAT! This "top lighting" makes tiny shadows and uninteresting landscape. The ground plane is flooded with light and even the upright trees and structures are not the darks we typically count on to help make interesting pictures.
That's it ...now for a health update. I have received numerous emails inquiring about my health. Thank you everyone for your support and concern through this challenging time. I am working up to full health, but that takes a lot of work. Between constant physical therapy appointments (2hour including travel), doctors appointments and all the walking I am supposed to do to increase my lung capacity I am exhausted. Still I am teaching part time and trying to paint full time (harder to do). Good news, I am finally able to paint at the easel for short periods of time (YAY!) and when tired I place the painting on the floor. The best part is I am forgetting about any limitations and pushing forward. I feel fortunate to have my health back and will make it through the long recovery.
The health related appointments have often taken away my morning plein air time (whaa), yet I continue to work on bigger works in the studio. Posting on my blog has been a little less I realize...soon I will be back completely!
A big thank you to you, my blogger friends!!!!