10 Rules For Capturing Luminosity
Artists & Illustrators|October 2021
American acrylic artist LEXI SUNDELL shares her expert tips for recreating a natural glow in your floral paintings, which could be applied to all sorts of subjects
Lexi Sundell

Flowers naturally lend themselves to the creation of luminous, glowing paintings. Light shining through translucent petals or reflecting delicately within the flower creates a magical glow. Dawn light accentuates deep shadow and radiant highlights in the freshly opened flowers. Attention to light and colour allows you to capture this luminosity.

1. ESTABLISH YOUR LIGHT SOURCE

A direct and even light looks rather flat and unexciting, so use a strongly angled light source for maximum interest. Look for shadow patterns that enhance the form of the flower. Rotate the flower and tilt it in the light until you see the best view to paint.

2. USE STRONG BACKLIGHTING

As an alternative to angled lighting, look at the flower with a light behind it to determine if the backlit effect is what you prefer to paint. Rotate and tilt the flower to find the most attractive composition.

3. MAINTAIN THE DIRECTION OF LIGHT

As you paint, maintain the established direction of light throughout the painting.

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