Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monday Night and Wednesday Afternoon 11/6/14: Colors in Shadows

Shadow Color

Alley in the New World

We’ve observed that, as a rule, shadows are darker, cooler, andmore neutral than the surface they fall on. This is usually true in nature, but in a painting, of course, you can do whatever you want. Depending on the feeling you are creating in the picture, you may want to make all the shadows ultramarine, for example, or let all the component colors of a neutral show in the shadow, leaving it for the viewer to mix them together.

Experiment with a simple scene, trying out different colors to see how the changes affect the overall feeling. Be subtle. Be outrageous.
Here are some photos and paintings to stir you up. Look for a shadow photo and have some fun with it.

Robert Wade

Deborah Secor        Pastel

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