Depicting Light and Shadow

Even the simplest subject and composition can be made exciting with the addition of the intriguing play of light and shadow. For example, sunlight filtered through leaves forms a variety of fascinating shapes that engage the viewer’s interest. And sometimes the patterns of light and shadow can be so compelling that they become the subject of the painting, rather than the physical elements of the scene. In this painting, I use a simple, linear composition of mainly horizontal and vertical lines. But, to successfully bring this quaint cottage window to life, I contrast these lines with irregular patches of sun that seem to dance off the canvas.

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