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Color Harmony in Your Paintings by Margaret Kessler

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b25 How Light Affects Local Color

The amount and type of light that falls on an object always affects its true color, or local color. The local color of an object is simply a starting point. The colors of light are constantly changing depending on the time of day, affecting the local colors of everything we see.

Once you are familiar with how light changes color throughout the day, you can modify the local colors in your painting, conveying any time of day that you desire to portray. For example, if you wanted to paint a green tree in early morning light, you would modify the green with tones of yellow—the color of morning light. In many situations, ...

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