13 March 2012

More Beautiful Than Direct Sunlight

I learned early in my career as a painter that limited or filtered light is inherently more interesting and beautiful than direct sunlight.

I learned that people are irresistibly drawn to depictions of dappled sun on a wooded path, morning light sifted through mist or clouds, lamplight piercing the gloom of dusk.

Filtered light is soft and gentle. It feels safe and comforting rather than harsh or glaring. And it still does its job of brightening and illuminating the world.

— Thomas Kinkade

Painting: Llewelyn Lloyd (1879 - 1949)



8 comments:

  1. Pretty much the same goes for photography.

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  2. Can't argue with you there, Richard. Good point!

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  3. This is a stunning piece. I agree wholeheartedly, too. There is something about the magic of filtered light ...

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  4. Thanks for visiting Tracy. Stunning is a strong word, and I happen to agree with you.

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  5. Light and shadow. True for painting, true for writing, don't you think?

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  6. True Elizabeth, polar opposites (contrasts) are the basis for most drama.

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  7. Great blog! Saw you on Emily King's blog. I'll be back.

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  8. Thanks for visiting Debra. Happy to have you stop in anytime.

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