I am sitting at my kitchen table and as I get up to leave I notice light raking across the surface of a sheet of paper lying there. It completely arrests me. The paper which looks normal and white, upon closer reflections actually is comprised of startling color. The light gives the paper a beauty, a visual weight and a significance which I never noticed before. A simple beam of evening light coming through the window enables me to see a new world which once was just an ordinary kitchen table. It is light that can transform ordinary objects into visions of breathtaking beauty. A friend Ben Long wrote an article on the importance of light in the creation of compelling photographs. It is worth reading even if you are a painter and not a photographer. http://www.macworld.com/article/143978/2009/11/good_light.html Many people focus on the subject matter rather than the more ephemeral qualities of a picture such as light, yet as Ben shows, it is the light which can be the more important of the two; transforming everything that lies in its path into an unforgettable moment.