Excerpt From "Carlson`s Guide To Landscape Painting,"
John F. Carlson
The highest light possible in a painting is white paint, seen in the tempered light of the studio or gallery. Nature`s light is the sun. Paint absorbs light; the sun gives it. The painter has only reflected light and lighted darks to work with. Therefore, the illusion of space, form, color, light, atmosphere and tone must be painted with some understanding of our limitations. We "see" light as we see color and form, almost as tangibly. Difficult to see, this painting of the light as the unifying agent requires some patience and thought.
"August On The Green River"
acrylic on canvas
The forests and streams of the Blue Ridge Mountains are a limitless source of inspiration for my paintings.