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Make the most of window light

Light coming in through a window provides a fantastic painting opportunity says Max Hale, who challenges you to find inspiration from window light for your next painting
Three Friends, oil on canvas, 19½×27½in 50×70cm.

The light on the left-hand figures was quite beautiful, leaving a definite shadow within the torsos and heads but a bright rim of pure light describing their contour. I loved the way the man’s face had small highlights on his quite dark complexion, giving him some interesting character. Note the rim lighting on these figures on the left. The right-hand figure is more bleached out and is almost surreal

Light is the driving force behind our art – our subjects are affected by the quality, direction, strength and colour of the light when we paint and it contributes to our inspiration. Usually we are at the mercy of the changing or fleeting movements of light, particularly if we paint outside.

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