RELATING COLOR & VALUE-4 – Exploring Diffused Light – DVD


Using as her resource an old barn next to a tree, Dianne begins with the study from Lesson 2, guiding us through translating the four major shadows – form, core, cast and occlusion – showing how hues, values and intensities change according to the angle of the shadow from the light source or the reflected light being received.

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banner_site_brighten_your_dayThis lesson is S29L4, Exploring Diffused Light of the RELATING COLOR & VALUE Series.  Using as her reference an old shack in bright sunlight, Dianne walks us through an exercise that transposes a scene from being directly lit to being under diffused light.  She gives us a step by step explanation for how shadows and lights change when the light source is diffused.

Color is fluid.  Its hue changes according to how much light it is  receiving or the quality of shadow covering it.  Changing the value of color then, requires more than just adding a lighter or darker value.  It requires observing how the hue changes as well.  This series breaks this down according to what happens in direct light and in diffused light.

 Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for relating color and value.  Dianne’s approach to teaching is to show you ways to think about making choices and decisions so that you can work these into your own unique approach to 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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