Thursday, November 29, 2012

Melody Arch

1.80 Melody Arch. One of the things that I enjoy about painting as compared to photography is that in creating a painting you have absolute control over how to depict lighting. Shooting a photograph into the sun as in this view would result in all sorts of blown out highlights or details lost in shadows, you'd have to choose one or the other. Here I was able to show a slight contrast between the colors of the shadow on the sand in the foreground and the stone while also keeping the background dark enough to show the fainter shadows on the cliffs in the distance. Neither a painting nor a photo will show you exactly what you would have seen standing there that day, but at least in a painting you know that each color and shade is the conscious decision of a person who experienced it. 

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