Sunday, June 14, 2009

Light's Characteristics

There is no greater element in any painting than the light that illuminates it.

Light affects every aspect of the painting process and is essential to all of our visual experiences. Light is a kind of energy that makes things happen. It makes things visible and colorful. It has incredible descriptive power, determines, shape, models form, reveals color and defines texture. It is a painter's primary tool for directing the attention of the viewer and for unifying and intensifying the subject matter.

The many complex personalities of light help determine the mood and character of your subject. An awareness of light and its subtle qualities and moods is crucial to those who aspire to make dramatic paintings.

Light is the elusive element that separates the magical from the mediocre.

Paul Jackson


  1. Oh I agree with you there. Also not an easy element to capture. I think that's why it is so amazing when you do actually get it right. The vases are just stunning!!! Blessings, Sarah

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I believe Paul Jackson caught the magical!