I've always been totally dependent on sunny days to do my paintings. (It's so ingrained in me that when I see it's cloudy out I find it nearly impossible to get into the mood to paint- anyone else like that?) I use north light and a desk lamp that has warm and cool bulbs (which I usually use only the warm) to mix colors and do my paintings.
An epiphany struck just as Daylight Savings Time ended.
I woke up the other morning and had the idea to use a 500 watt bulb when its dark or cloudy.
I was concerned that the colors wouldn't be the same. I've been pleasantly surprised that this is working out especially since the days are so short this time of year and it seems we are getting so much rain. This is just great. It expands my working schedule tremendously. I just have to be careful about not leaving the bulb on for too long or go away and forget about it!! I've read about people using all different kinds of lighting but it never seemed to work for me.
I aim the lamp at the ceiling and still use two desk lights. Another thing that's great is that I didn't have to buy anything. Just used what was in the closet. This bulb really lights up the room. My husband suggested a 250 watt bulb. I guess I'll try that after I've burnt out all the 500's that I have!
"Blue Vase and Orange Slice" 3x4 inches.