15 August 2015

Painting Light on Landscapes

The River of Light, 1877, Frederic Edwin Church,
Light is a special element of art that is so intriguing, its been scary for me to experiment with it. Alas, long story short, I'm trying. Granted, it will be a while before I can paint (if ever) like Frederic Church. Still, with brush in hand, I suspect the experience will be as illuminating (eventually) to my artistic brain as viewing his painting.

In Wikiart.org the painting style is listed as Luminism, an American Art Style, 1850-1870. Do you know any luminists?

I do try to take photographs with dappled light as it is one of my favorite styles of painting. I found luminism while searching online for dappled, and ending up in Images in Wikiart.org. (Reading more about art is on my New Years want to do more of list.) The painting of Dead Creek cornfield in winter is my first real effort to set mood with light.

I added the fence and details to "Winter at Dead Creek." (See before version on Blog break Going Well.)The morning fog looks nice in the photo, but on canvas, I think I over did it. I might push the fog back into the distance. Paintings need to rest before the final decision.

Adding below a stunning painting by Turner. Thank you Quinn for the reminder
Joseph Mallord William Turner - Fishermen at Sea - Google Art Project
Fishermen at Sea,  1796 oil by J.M.W. Turner


  1. I think it's hard to beat Turner when it comes to light in paintings...just amazing.

    1. Thank you Quinn!
      I added a Turner painting to the post. I read a book about him years ago. Time to read it again.

  2. Maywyn - I think you are doing a great job with this painting and I certainly feel the light in it. So enjoy seeing your art friend. Have a great day. Hugs!

    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thank you. I'm enjoying a painting surge. On to the next!
      Have a great week!

  3. This is a huge interest of mine too... creating the sense of atmosphere in the scene... I think you've done it beautifully with the way you made the mist rising in the distance and coming forward. Lovely!

    1. Hi Katherine,
      Thank you.
      I'm looking forward to your book. The atmsophere in your artwork is always fantastic as well as inspirational.


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