By Cynthia Ruchti
When a young artist advances from drawing stick figures and squares-with-a-triangle-on-top houses, the artist learns about perspective and dimension. Perspective, light, and shadow add life to what had been flat paint or pencil lines on flat paper.
It’s the play of light and shadows that creates interest and definition. Light seems brighter when shadows are deeper. Small, intricate details–like the fine hairs on this plant–show up when visible against a dark backdrop of shadows. Light from above and to the right makes the smallest plant in the lower left look as if it’s glowing from within.
The play of light and shadows creates interest in the writing life, too.