What light can do. Truly, it’s amazing. Never underestimate it and never ignore it when you’re painting.
I was visiting my brother in South Carolina. He had mentioned to me how the interior walls of his house get light throughout the day and that he couldn’t believe the effects it created.
And how right he is; take a look at these pictures. Both face his stairwell; one in the afternoon and one the next morning. To the left of the stairwell and out of the picture is an entryway with walls lifting all the way up to the second floor in an open cathedral ceiling design. There is a sky light way up there and plenty of room for light to bounce around in.
The first photo is a lesson in basic neutral tones. Depending on where the light’s hitting, the walls go from dark to light. Really sit with them for a minute, though, and see how the gradation from dark to light is so beautifully precise it’s almost scientific. And the more you look at them the more you see how the three wall sections really define themselves by these tones.
Now let’s go to the bottom picture, with the blue wall at the top. That blue is real. I did nothing but get my morning coffee, gasp when I saw that color, and then click the photo. That’s the effect morning light has in my brother’s hallway.
So, the next time you are convinced that the color in a painting is absolutely fake, think about that blue. Artists take liberties, for sure, but nature is just as poetic.