|QUIET OF MORNING 11x14 oil on linen panel|
On a sunny day the warm light of the sun brings out all the positive feeling warm colors (yellows, oranges, reds, pinks...), and the shadows take on the blue influence from receiving the reflected light of the sky. The strong light casts interesting shadow shapes that are so nice for designing and making patterns. Form is revealed by light, and color becomes beautiful as it is varied to describe the form. A sunny day just has so much to work with!
Gray days are very beautiful in their own way, but they're very subtle and more difficult to turn into a well designed painting. To begin with the color relationships are altogether different. The light filtered through the clouds is soft and cool, and the shadows retain more of their warmth without the blue sky to illuminate them. The clear shadow shapes disappear and values are closer together. Shapes are defined more by the inherent light or darkness of things, and subtle color shifts must be noticed and used to define form. The difference in effect feels much like that of the difference between a major and minor key in music. There's a softer, more moody feeling to a gray day. They are expressively different, and open a broader range of what the artist may have to say.