Painting Bright Sunny Days -
Painting on bright sunny days can be difficult because we can't match the degree of contrast we see in nature with paint. Nature can go much brighter than our white paint and much darker than our black paint. So what can we do to approximate the high level of contrast between the light and shadow areas we see on a bright sunny day?
Niagara River in Black and White ← One answer would be to use only black for the shadow areas and only white for the light areas. Our painting would then have as much contrast as is possible to get from our paint, but it would have no color. As painters trying to duplicate the effect of bright sunlight, we have to strike a balance between contrast and rich color...
Niagara River 2← too much contrast and our lights would be washed out and chalky and our shadows would be dark and murky...
Niagara River 3← but put too much rich color everywhere and our lights and shadows wouldn't have enough contrast between them, and the effect of bright sunlight would be lost.
Niagara River 4← This version strikes a better balance between contrast and color, giving it the convincing illusion of bright sunlight.