Sophie Treppendahl is a Chicago-based artist experimenting with light and shadow in her oil paintings. Her paintings focus on the light from and through windows. Her interiors depict light streaming through the blinds at sharp angles. Her exterior views focus on evening scenes with the light shining from within the house. Her use of warm colors (reds & yellows) and cool colors (blues & greens) affect how the viewer feels.
Compare the two paintings here, showing the same sitting under a window. The painting on the left uses cool colors, most likely depicting early morning light. The painting on the right is much brighter, with a warm tone. This scene is likely set later in the morning as the sun rises.
Compare the interior scenes above with the exterior scenes below.
Do you see warm or cool colors? What do the colors used in these tell you about the time of day these are representing?
Which of these scenes are you most drawn to?
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