|'Dressed for Fall' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Just think Sunlight! Turn towards the sun!
|My chart illustrating how to make foliage glow|
Now our tree looks like it has volume and shape. It has a light side and a dark side. But something is missing. It looks pale and boring. How can we make it look lit by the sun?
The sun is our answer. The sun is a warm light...most of the time. If we want the foliage to look sunny then choose a color that is WARMER and not just lighter. As our foliage moves out of the shadows and into the sun use progressively warmer colors. Note: The sun is warm when it is low in the sky...early morning and late afternoon. During this time the light is warm and the shadows are cool...more on this later.
Our red tree then will start out with cool brick red and even purple foliage in the shadows. As the foliage gets closer to the sunlit side, we can use warmer reds. And in the sunniest places we can even use an red orange to orange.
Try a sample...paint two red shapes. Use a pale red/pink on one and an orange red on the other. See the difference a little warmth makes?