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Art Lessons
by Donna Flood
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Lesson Four - Light & Shadow
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Light and Shadow
David P. Richards, artist, has one of the finest examples of teaching light and shadow I have seen. It is concise, clear and easily understood.
George Ernest Smith, artist
George Ernest Smith, artist.  Title:  Woman with Head of Cabbage. Oil on Canvas with the Overland Trail Fine Art Gallery.

Without the strong use of light and shadow this work would be just a
very common study of a woman holding a head of cabbage.  However, with the excellent catching of a strong light source the painting becomes great.
Daniel E. Green
Daniel E. Green, top pastel artist's portrait of eminent watercolorist Chen Chi.

Mr. Green's work shows a master's accomplishment and by using the difficult
medium, pastels. Most artists will not pick up the chalky like medium because it is difficult to do anything with them. Through fine workmanship Mr. Green not only uses them but, excels in how he establishes light with them where it should be, on the face and the hands. He is generous in sharing his techniques with the public also, November 1993 issue, The Artist's Magazine.

Artist Adolf Sehring 
Artist Adolf Sehring paints, "Reflections of the Jungle"  His original
oils  from $35,000.00 to $300,000.00. He is listed as the only American Artist to Paint the Official Portrait of Pope John Paul II.

Sehring here has chosen a very dark surroundings, the jungle, where there is little light.  Not only does he find a light source, in the bright coat of the cats, he then reflects their images in the dark
water.  He knows he has achieved a difficult use of a light source, because he proudly names his work, "Reflections of the Jungle" AS the mind wanders about all the artist has here there is a unending value of ideas and possible statements, all through the use of light.

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