Today, I've decided to revisit what I know about light and the absence of light.
|How do we see color?|
As illustrated, light goes from the source, to an object, and into the eye. All of the "invisible" colors of sunlight shine on the apple. The surface of the red apple absorbs the colored light rays, except for those corresponding to red, and reflects this color to the eye. The eye receives the reflected red light and tells the brain that's what is being seen.
Highlights are the very lightest value on an object.
Reflected light is light bouncing off of one surface and onto another. The reflected light is the color of the surface it's bouncing off (it is not a lighter value of the surface on which it is reflected). Reflected light can be a light source.
|Reflected light 1|
|Reflected light 2|
The next time you're at the easel - or the sketchbook - be conscious of light and how it's impacting what you're creating.
I'll get into reviewing shadow and form in the future. Happy Painting and remember to Live Out Loud!