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01-31-2005, 07:23 PM
Having a really hard time with the lightining :( ......Any advice???

11x14 oil

02-01-2005, 02:24 AM
Hi Vanessa, Looks like your handling the lighting quite well, Keep working with is. Are you working from a ref pic?

02-07-2005, 05:12 PM
Reference images! Do a Google Images search for "lightning":


Lightning occurs because the voltage difference is enough to ionise molecules in the air, which then become electrically conductive - a current then passes which heats the air sufficiently to cause formation of an ionised plasma which emits light - this shows the preferential path which is taken by the electricity - if there is a ground strike, generally most of the current will pass along a single path, so that will be largest and brightest - illumination of the surrounding atmosphere falls off with distance, so there will be decreasing glow around the bolt. The light is sufficiently strong that objects in front will be silhoetted, and shadows thrown back from the direction of the light.


02-08-2005, 11:55 AM
I think your lightening bolts will be more effective if the sky behind them were as dark as the top corner. Right now they just dont show up against the lighter blue.
Also - be careful with that crack in the ground. You're dividing your painting right in two with it.

02-10-2005, 10:59 PM
I have an idea for your lightning - once you have the sky the color or darkness you are satisfied with - while paint is still wet lay the canvas down and put a few drops of turps or spirits on the panel and then blow on them to send them fanning out and down the canvas... the solvent should cut an interesting line through the "sky" with branches etc... sporadic and organic - hard to do with a brush as it softens the line most the time... you might want to experiment on your pallette or something to see how you can "shape" the spray... the neat part about this is depending on how thick you've made the background you can creat mutiplanes that are subtle...