A quick silhouette style painting! On the road late in the day, the light fades, causing the objects nearest to the viewer look very dark, which then allows for a dramatic silhouette effect. Watercolor paint always dries lighter so I found myself going back several times to darken the foreground. Then, you naturally look toward the lighter areas in the painting. Finally, I added cable wires for more perspective.
In the last post, I created a time lapse of a watercolor light effect painting. This time, I made a different type of video; highlighting some of the aspects of painting a scene from Waterloo Village (a historical landmark in Sparta, New Jersey). I guess the sentiment here is: in a place that is considered dark and dismal, there can beautiful rays of sunshine!
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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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!
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!