Shadows are Exciting
Accepted into the 2020 Red River Watercolor Society National Juried Watermedia Exhibition
On a tour of Georgetown, I took many photos of beautiful architecture. I was inspired to paint this piece when I saw how the bricks turned from yellow orange in the sunlight to red orange in the shadows on the building. I added white phlox to overlap the beautiful white wood work and connect the foreground and middle ground. Here is a step by step:
The composition was “roughed” out as a value a sketch and a color test here.
The complimentary colors orange and blue were chosen for this painting. Masking tape was used to paint the black shutters first, giving them a dominant blue cast. Then the reflected light and shadows were painted on the whites shapes.
The light medium value of the brick walls were painted first and when dry, shadows were added. The painting was set aside for several days to decide what to leave alone.
Finally, I painted in the descriptive elements in the flowers and woodwork
“Grand Entrance” is available as a Giclée – pre-issue discounts expire July 31st
The original is for sale but is scheduled to be displayed at Hjemkomst for the Red River Watercolor Society’s National Juried Exhibition June 8th– August 8th at the Heritage Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN. The opening is July 28- 6:30-8:00 p.m. Questions are welcome!
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