Red Barn Winter Landscape in Watercolor

Art, Outdoor Adventure, watercolor

A local photographer, Cindy Plumb Bishop, captured a stunning image of a Red Barn in snowy New York State, which inspired me to paint the scene in watercolor. Places close to home are some of my favorites to paint, as it helps to enhance my awareness of where I live. This scene is simple, yet effective in creating visual interest because of the dramatic contrast between the snow and the red barn. If you’re looking to do a quick and simple painting, scenes like this make terrific subject matter. Not a lot of detail, no fuss, just great color combinations.

Red Barn Winter Landscape (watercolor on Arches Rough paper)

I’ve also recorded a time lapse video of the painting process.

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Waterloo Village Historical Landmark

Art, History, New Jersey, Outdoor Adventure, watercolor
Snow Covered Bridge – watercolor 14”x20”

Inspired by a beautiful photo taken by Waterloo Village staff, here is a watercolor painting of a winter scene from Waterloo Village Historical Landmark, located in Stanhope, New Jersey. The village is a restored 19th century canal town, which was rightfully the land that the Lenape people inhabited. The land eventually became a port along the industrious Morris Canal. Preserved in the village today are gristmill, sawmill, blacksmith shop, and many other historic houses. A trip to Waterloo Village is sure to take you through at least 400 years of New Jersey history!

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The Road to Nowhere

Art, watercolor

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.

Cemetery Light – Watercolor Painting Video

Art, watercolor

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!

Methodist Cemetery at Waterloo Village

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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