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Watercolor Techniques Using Color & Light For Ultra-Dramatic Paintings

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Demonstration Painting “Spring is Just Around the Corner”: Part Three, Step One

The reference photo, titled “Spring Is Just Around the Corner”, illustrates a landscape that consists of both natural and man-made objects which will maximize the opportunities to use the principles of this tutorial. The actual subject is a charming inn located in Wilmington, Delaware. You can print the picture below for a larger reference.

light-21-spring-landscape-reference

The existing lighting is from the side, creating forms with surfaces that are both illuminated and in shade. The side light also creates an opportunity for strong shadow forms. For the demonstration, Virgil has chosen to increase the existing shadows for a stronger painterly effect, and has also added a few objects and overlapping shapes to increase compositional interest.