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05-31-2015, 04:29 PM
So, is anyone else like me and obsessed with trying to capture sunlight through leaves?!
I finally perfected a light weight version of my plein air set up anyway, if not the light through the leaves! Now I can fit it all in one backpack light enough to ride my bike :)
I started this one at my neighborhood park with that setup, and then brought it home to spend some time exploring greens (again)
9x12 acrylic on canvas.
All C&C welcome!

05-31-2015, 04:43 PM

05-31-2015, 04:44 PM
Nice attempt Karina, unfortunately pigments just can't compare to actual light, all we can do is try to boost the contrast to simulate the effect. The limitation in the ability of pigment to represent light is probably one of the biggest frustrations of being an artist.

Charlie's Mum
05-31-2015, 04:46 PM
Regardless of paint limitations, I'd say this is pretty successful!

05-31-2015, 04:55 PM
You seem to have got it. Nice muted greens there.

05-31-2015, 05:11 PM
You are so right David! I just can't stop trying though :)
Thanks Mary, Maureen and EnPassant!

05-31-2015, 05:33 PM
I would love to capture light on leaves -- it is a big challenge. Your painting is quite successful as I knew instantly what you had represented even before I read your description. Very nice.

05-31-2015, 05:37 PM

05-31-2015, 11:28 PM
Very nice

Jon Bradley
06-01-2015, 01:19 AM
Like the idea and great work!

I'll catch myself blinded by sunlight or flooded with refracted light form somewhere thing "wow, that would make a cool painting!", while likely burning my retina; yeah, we think a like. C:

06-01-2015, 11:13 AM

06-01-2015, 11:54 AM
That's something I would like to paint too. Even getting a good photo of it is hard. This looks pretty good.

06-02-2015, 12:01 PM
Thankyou Colin, Jocko, Kathy, Jon, Gayle and Michelle

Haha, Jon, yes the old burned out eyes :) Another side affect of plein air painting! Plus I never want to wear sunglasses anywhere because I'm afraid I'll miss something beautiful!

06-02-2015, 04:27 PM
I really like it. Worth studying for its brilliance.

06-02-2015, 04:30 PM
Karen: Light thru leaves....I think you've "got it"....oh yeah, NICE.

06-03-2015, 10:43 AM
thank you oldnmartist and Derek!

06-03-2015, 12:51 PM
I spent some time reconsidering my greens when I was painting this. I don't have a tube green on my usual palette. Instead I mix with combinations of Pthalo blue, Ultramarine blue, cad yellow medium, Hansa yellow light and quinacridone azo gold.

I had bought a bunch of tube greens, in search of that "right" green. But after doing color swatches comparing these tubes to mixes of my usual colors, I discovered once again that I can mix a really close match to all the tube colors I had.

With the exception that I think I'm going to either add Hansa yellow medium, or replace my cad yellow with it. It is just such a better mixer than cad, which seems to muddy a mix up really fast. I wrote a blog on this if it interests you.

Mike L
06-03-2015, 03:21 PM
The piece makes me want to kick off my shoes and settle down under those leaves for a quick nap or to listen to the tinkling little creek nearby. :music: :thumbsup:

Too see the works of an artist who handles light extremely well check out Thomas Kinkade at http://thomaskinkade.com/


06-04-2015, 07:33 PM
Thanks Mike.

Bill Linn
06-04-2015, 09:23 PM
Karen, seems like I always look at the painting before reading the text. In this case, my initial reaction was, "Wow, those greens are so illuminated with LIGHT.". Many paintings don't have that glow and, by comparison, look a little flat.

Then, I read the text, and- you did it ! You let the light shine...

Nice work, thanks!

06-05-2015, 11:18 AM
Thank you Bill!