Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Watercolor Wednesday - Make it Rain!

Working on using low lighting, reflections and rain.  Coincidently that morning it rained, so weather and learning opportunity were combined to create this painting.

Houston Rain
11 3/4" x 9 1/4"
I used a dry sea sponge to drag across the still damp painting to create rain effect.  It was also interesting to learn and put into paint reflective shadows -- using the law of reflection... angle of incidence and the angle of reflection.  (Stay in physics class, kids!  Or take a watercolor class with a great teacher!)  

And I learned that greens get greener in the rain.  Notice that next time you are out in the rain!

Here is a page from my sketchbook playing around with different techniques to scratch out rain with darker colors painted over light colors (I used gouache as the bottom layer color).  Notice how the rain appears darker over the light colors and light in the dark colors.  Cool effects!

Gouache and acrylic colors used Holbein, American Journey and Acryla - Periwinkle, Deep Yellow, Lavender, Neutral Gray, Pat's Coastal Blue.

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