December 24, 2007

(63) Light of the World
16 x 20, oil
private collection
In this larger painting, I was drawn to the beautiful late afternoon light and cast shadows of the crosses. My goal was to keep the shadow side of the church the same value, varying only the relative warmth or coolness of the colors reflecting onto the stone facade. Because the light changes so rapidly at this time of day, I painted this from a photo instead of life. I discovered that photographing upward distorts the image, so it was a learning experience to allow for that in the drawing stage of the painting.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights"... James 1:17