“Marsh, Sunset”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Marsh, Sunset”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

In the picture, color creates the light. – Hans Hofmann

Creating light is about knowing how to use color.

So a student asked me about how to capture the light of a hazy day. Here’s what I told her

Look at the colors you see. Paint the value and color masses you see and you can capture any type of light.

Are there guidelines you can learn? Sure thing.

And I teach those guides to different times of day, year, and weather inside of my courses, Composition Color & Light, and Catch the Light. I talk about how those things affect the color and value masses.

But at its heart, creating light is about knowing how to use color.

Want to know more about mastering color? Click here to read more.

The foundation of painting is understanding color: hue, value, intensity, and temperature.

  • Color creates light
  • Color creates emotion

Drop a line in the comments if you’re fascinated by how color creates light.


Keep learning…

One of the greatest master artists, J.M.W. Turner, is commonly known as the “painter of light” and his works were an important source of inspiration for Claude Monet and other early impressionist painters. Read more on Turner here and see a video of some of his most well known works here…I’m sure you’ll quickly see why he earned his nickname!

Are you an artist who’s found yourself chasing after the light instead of catching it? You’ll want to check out my episode on How to Catch the Light vs Chasing It.

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