Series 37: WORKING WITH SHADOWS
This lesson is S37L1, Reading Shadows of the WORKING WITH SHADOWS Series.
Using as her reference foliaged trees on either side of a graveled road, Dianne guides us through locating and interpreting the three degrees of shadow: deep, moderate and shallow. Moving through these one by one, she calls our attention to their change in color as well as value.
How we treat areas in shadow can make or break the life of our images, but also can be a determining factor in the strength of a painting’s composition. In this series, we learn that interpreting shadows involves more than making them darker. We can find within varying degrees of darkness color differences, texture variations and temperature changes.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for using a composing principle. 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.