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S22L2 Low Key Light: Ambient Shadow Colors – Download

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Using her study from Lesson One of this series, Dianne shows how enhancing hue and intensity contrast while keeping values similar can create a subtle vibrancy of color in ambient light where everything is shaded by cloud cover.

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Series 22: LOW KEY LIGHT

Ambient Shadow Colors – S22L2

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Under an overcast sky the earth is thrown into shade with no strong lights available.  There are ways other than strong lights to make a painting intriguing.

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 This lesson is S22L2, Ambient Shadow Colors of the LOW KEY LIGHT series.  Using her study from Lesson One of this series, Dianne shows how enhancing hue and intensity contrast while keeping values similar can create a subtle vibrancy of color in ambient light where everything is shaded by cloud cover.

Under an overcast sky the earth is thrown into shade.  Cloud cover diffuses the sunlight causing earth’s images to be lit by ambient light rather than direct light.  With light being dispersed evenly rather than shone directly, images underneath that light reflect it more uniformly.

In essence, these conditions cause everything underneath to be in shadow where value relationships live in a low key and where hues and intensities take on similar characteristics as when in shadow from direct light.  This series explores how to take these conditions and work them into painting.

 Lessons 1 & 3 are studies, each showing how to use a principle to resolve an issue.  Lessons 2 & 4 each take the previous study to a conclusion, showing how to use those same principles to bring convert the study into a painting.

With every brushstroke we make, we are composing.  Just as with any creation, we begin with a structure, then as the art work begins we place shapes and colors according the concept with which we are working.  But the time comes when we move to a different level of thinking and decision-making–that moment when our intention becomes to bring clarity and resolution to the work.

Among Dianne’s passions about painting and teaching painting is how composing principles can expand creative freedom if the artist transcends the “rule” idea and instead, transforms the principle into a tool that opens creative doors.

Read Dianne’s Compose blog posts HERE.  Visit Dianne’s website and example her work HERE.  And visit her YouTube Channel with dozens of Quick Tips HERE.

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