How to Paint a Light Effect in Watercolor

Art, watercolor
Painting a Light Effect in Watercolor

I decided to try something a little different by doing a quick 1 hour painting while also creating a time lapse of the process. The time lapse turned out to be 26 seconds, originally. Then, I started messing with it in Videoshop and extended it to about 2 minutes by slowing down the speed, adding music, and adding text. I had fun making this little video and I hope you find it helpful as you try to paint your own light effect in watercolor!

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Foggy Ridge – Harriman State Park

Art, hiking, Outdoor Adventure, watercolor

We live in close proximity to Harriman State Park, which is probably why I’ve painted Harriman scenes many many times. Here’s a typical scene from one of the many rocky areas found throughout the park. I don’t quite recall where this is, but it was a foggy autumn day – and it was fantastic! I hope this painting gets you in the fall spirit. Crisp autumn air and pumpkin beer await!

Sky Water and Pine

Art, hiking, Outdoor Adventure, watercolor
Pine Island (watercolor 18”x24”)

My wife, Caitlin, fractured her ankle in three places (and dislocated it, too). I believe there is a medical term for that. As you might imagine, things got a little hectic; especially, with two little kids around. So, I took about a two month break from painting, but this painting was the one that got me back on track. The idea for this scene was inspired by a hike through the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary in Ulster County, New York.

Burroughs once wrote about a man who reported that his vision improved after getting sprayed in the face by a skunk (or something along those lines). His observations in nature are as thorough as they are entertaining. I often wonder what it would be like to have that much time to observe nature and to spend an entire half a day sitting around outside, as he often did. Here’s to John Burroughs and a renewed zeal for painting in watercolor!

Local Roads

Art, Life Balance, Outdoor Adventure, watercolor
County Rt 1A

We were driving home one evening on a “school night” *gasp*…the sky really captured my attention. At this time of the day, the greenery, barn, and road are sort of muted in color and tone, as the sky is lit up in the few remaining moments before the sun has set. And so, in this painting the sky becomes “the story” or the point of focus. There’s this feeling of calm at the end of the day… less to do (hopefully), maybe a cup of tea and less TV.

Painting of New Home – Commission

Art, commission painting, watercolor
New Home in Green Mountain state. Watercolor 14”x 20”

I was recently asked to paint a new home in the Green Mountain state. The hardest part was deciding on the composition and angle, as well as weather and time of day. We finally decided to go with an evening scene with the house turned slightly to avoid having it look flat. The hazy moon was a last minute addition.