DIRECTION of LIGHT

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Natural Light travels in one direction. Form shadow is right angles perpendicular giving a soft edge. Cast shadow is parallel giving a hard edge. When painting you have to determine your details either one or the other. You either want form or cast shadow.

Areas of less light if you see crescent form you are going towards the gray.

The negative space is defined by the edges of the positive space. What it important also to note is that the negative space also defines our subject. For every positive shape, there is negative shape surrounding it. This is important for a successful composition. Organizing your composition is looking at the entire picture.

Becoming more aware of the negative space will help you accurately capture the relationships between the objects.

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