This demonstration illustrates the dramatic effects of backlighting. When the light source in a
composition is in front of you, its illumination of forms is known as backlighting.
The influence of light on vegetation when viewed from this perspective reminds one of stained glass.
I start with a toned ground using a mixture of chromium oxide green and ultramarine blue.
Then I sketched in the composition using a white pencil.
I then layered in the underpainting using raw sienna. This hue as well as the toned ground, will show
through in the finished piece.
The light areas were painted next. I used vivid lime green and chromium oxide green
to paint the moss and the undersides of the leaves. This gives the leaves a stained glass appearence.
I then painted the dark areas using a mixture of chromium oxide green and ultramarine blue.
Finally, I mixed a bit of blue with white to paint the highlights on the leaves, moss and tree.
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The waterdrops were painted using the same mixture.
The colors used for this demo are chromium oxide green, ultramarine blue, vivid lime green and white.
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