Three aspects of painting – Light, Colour, and value

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The physical appearance of a thing changes when seen from different angles. It is mesmerizing to note that what might have seen tedious from an angle, might look illuminated from the other. This results in forming multiple arrangements of contrast and values.

For citing, consider the shadow or dim light of the afternoon, which forms a touchy experience.


Light changes the effect of Colours

As the source of light changes, a particular colour starts varying. A specific object might look different when captured under sunlight, fluorescent light, or incandescent light.

For instance, if there’s a warm light, the objects that will be illuminated would also have a warm cast aside. To paint it, apply some orange or yellow colour to the object’s actual or local colour.

On the other hand, in excellent light, every object will carry a sense of bluish shade.

In multiple scenarios, there are various sources of light. Hence, analyze your object and examine the direct and reflected light.


The result of Colour, Direction, and Strength of light.

Whenever our eye catches a captivating object, try to consider the type of light and the direction.

The possible outcomes could be:

  • The colour of the light may affect the hue the subject appears.
  • The physical appearance of the object might vary as per the direction of the light. The angle of the light hitting the thing defines the dark and the light areas of an item.
  • One of the essential aspects is to analyze the strength of the light.
  • On a single note, there are four most targeted directions for light: the side, the front, the overhead, and the back.


However, a specific object can be easily affected by:

  • The disposition of atmosphere and light.
  • The effects of atmosphere and light.
  • The balance of colour and harmony.
  • Consideration while painting.
  • Try to analyze how light affects the scene.
  • Begin with curating a mesmerized positioning of light as well as dark.
  • While offering shadows, forms, and colours, try to keep them consistent with the colour of light and the direction.
  • Analyze how the light affects the scene. This will be interesting. Enjoy the process!


Colors and values are defined by light.

Light is one of the most critical needs of an individual’s life. Without its presence, we’ll not be able to notice any landscape or object.

However, as soon as the light is illuminated, our sight is affected by:

-The strength and colour of light affect how colours look.

-The way light hits forms ultimately creating a particular arrangement of lights and darks.


Changes in Light Changes the Value Structure.

As we are already aware that we can identify shapes and forms due to the presence of light. Whenever the light falls on an object, it either blocks or reflects it. Ultimately, it produces a particular amalgamation of light and dark.

On the other hand, by switching the way an object is illuminated, one can switch between its physical appearance and how value masses are segregated.

The angle and colour of the light highly affect your viewing experience. Switching between different levels of light leads to showcase an object differently. The shadow areas also change. Ultimately, the dark regions change visually into the other composition.



Light has its own and crucial importance while dealing with day-to-day aspects of life. Indeed, it even makes or breaks the physical appearance of a particular object.


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