A Little Inspiration for Shadow Patterns - John Singer Sargent

As a little aside from my painting research today I just e-mailed a student to inspire her with these lovely examples of shadow patterns ... and thought you might enjoy them too. All by John Singer Sargent.

Notice how the a rich or deep color wash creates the feeling of life within the shadow without detail. On one of these you can see the sketch underneath. Notice in the architectural painting that the quality of the light shows volume and is defined almost exclusively by the shadow patterns.