Monday, February 02, 2009

Light and shadow

Light and shadow gives objects their form and create form on their own through shadows. In winter the air is clear and cold and colours seem brighter somehow, perhaps reflected against the white snow, forming the perfect notan elements.

As I walked to the car this morning, shadows of early light surrounded me through the trees and on the snow that had fallen yesterday. These are a couple of images that caught my eye.

Shadows on the snow of the barn roof were so blue against the pinkness of the sun rising. The brilliant blue sky above the barn roof added another layer of colour to the scene.

The light coming through the trees against the side wall of the barn were almost painted on. If it hadn't been so cold and I didn't have to go to work, I think I'd be out here painting the scene of dawn over the farm.

I've been studying light and its effect on water, mostly the ocean for the last few weeks and have done some studies and paintings that I've put on Watermarks.

In the last week, I've taken a photo each morning at the same spot at around the same time so that I could see how weather and the resulting light alters the colour of the ocean and land. I'll then use that information to stock up my knowledge banks on colour for painting water.This abstract wall of frozen water caught my attention on the drive to work. There is a waterfall cascading down a rockface by the side of the road and tumbling into the stream below. The severe cold caught it in time, literally frozen and was just starting to flow again. The water could be seen and heard just visible under a lacy curtain of ice.

10 comments:

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

You live in such a stunning part of the world, the light is phenomenal. The last pic of the curtain of ice is so cool(sorry no pun intended!):)

vivien said...

really beautiful light - I love the abstraction of that first one especially

Jeanette said...

Sheona, the light here is exceptional as there is no pollutants in the air from industry. I really do think it makes a difference and gives a purer sense of colour.

Isn't that ice something else? For the patient it could make a very interesting drawing.

Vivien, I loved the colours in the first one of the barn roof. The pastel pinks and blues and the abstract shadows appealed to me so much and may find their way into a painting.

Anita said...

I cannot feel sorry for you - not when you have the sea so close. Even I could endure a winter like yours for that. And that lovely crisp winter light.
Super!

Mary said...

Incredible photos Jeanette, I'm sure you will transfer these colors and light into something beautiful.

Jennifer Rose said...

gorgeous photos :) that waterfall is very pretty, nice capture

Jo Castillo said...

Beautiful photos, you really captured the light. Like Mary said, we are bound to see those in your drawings. :)

Robin Neudorfer said...

Shadows can be captivating. I agree with the others, you live in a beautiful area. Stay warm.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

What a beautiful place you live in Jeanette.

I love looking at your photos. You're developing a sensational photo diary

Those shadow colours are just BEGGING to be painted!

Jeanette said...

I can cope with the cold Anita. Its the duration of winter that tries the nerves. It goes on and on and on. But the views and light make up for it.

The play of light always inspires Mary. And some of these images have a real abstract feel to them. I may well be coming to you for advice in that department!

Yes, Jo, I think you'll see some of these come to life on canvas soon.

Robin, the shapes of shadows are always interesting and I know you've used them well in the past year. The colours of shadowsn and snow in the early day really appeal to me to create something with them.

Thanks Katherine. I need to buckle down and put some order into my photographs. Another snow day is required for cataloguing purposes!