Oil on Canvas
These two shots don’t represent the colors as well as the first, but they are good examples of how different lighting can give a painting different moods. On the left is normal overhead lighting. It transforms the painting into a more distant longing – a horizon is present about two-thirds of the way down the canvas and the sky above is cloudy blue. On the right, the lighting comes from below. There the painting takes on a stormy quality, and looks more like waves lapping the shore. Either way, or if you see something completely different, lighting can have a big impact on a painting. So don’t be afraid to play with lighting!