Working with so many paintings and several art forms it has always surprised us hoe beautifully the elements of design can be witnessed in anything that we see. For that instance light, just as it’s very impactful in our lives has almost the same control over when utilised in to art. Light goes on to effect what meets the eye into the end product of an artist’s application of his craft.
Light and shadow, go along just like yin and yang to balance a work of art, especially in painting, without one it can’t be seen as whole. It is mesmerizing how natural light can add colours to the whole canvas for our vision.
Use of tones which have the power to control placement of light in a painting can drastically change the image of it. Somehow they manage to bring an art piece to life and reach its full potential. The application of light and shadow in a painting do more than just providing it with a description, they go on to change its whole structure as well. It thus goes on to render it much simpler and tends to break down the elements one is looking at. If these critical elements were to go on lacking in a painting, it would appear nothing but lifeless, dull and boring.
As we work with several artists and discussing with them the importance of shadow and light, here is what we found-
The location of light and its application in brightness and contrast determines the appearance of a painting. Since to human eyes, light has always been a source of attraction, its application goes on to establish a centre of interest.
There are many subjects in a painting which can be mastered if one knows how to work with light and utilisation of tones. There is no boundary to what can be achieved if one knows where to apply and how to apply it. Many artists in the history have created such illusions with their techniques and have produced masterpieces throughout their lifetimes.
When we study in-depth about some legendary creations by painters such as Da Vinci and Raphael, it amuses us to see how they have mastered this and were able to create artworks which leave their beholders speechless, even today.
Capturing the illusions of natural light and their use of saturated colours in paintings such as the grandly famous Mona Lisa depicts its creator at the height of excellence. But this isn’t as easy to practice as it appears. If application of colours is taken to an extreme, then it fades out the true essence of a colour tone.
One needs to be extremely careful when in order to achieve the desired effects when experimenting with the light and dark aspects of an artwork. This partnership if played out carefully and truly can go on to render results nothing short of a miracle on a canvas in which ever medium it may be used in.