In The Studio: Three watercolors same image

I painted these 3 watercolors for a scene in Rockland, Maine and I kept changing it to get a better more light filled composition.  I will post them first to last and I think you will see that the first image is pretty dark and the movement in the painting is pretty harsh.  In the latter versions I kept adding building and more pieces of light which slowed the painting down and added more places to highlight the shadow and light on the building. this painting is pretty compressed and everything just falls into the junction of the road and sky.this is slightly better; the road is more interesting but the left side of the painting doesn’t work to keep the viewer in the composition.The telephone poles and the lighter road help a lot to create a more interesting light pattern.  The trees and the sky are much more interesting.

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  • Pat McSwainMay 1, 2017 - 2:04 am

    Great examples of shadows and different values!ReplyCancel

  • MercedesMay 12, 2017 - 6:45 pm

    Masterful lesson about composition and brilliantly illustrated with the three watercolors. The last one is really great. Thanks for sharing. Respectfully Mercedes.ReplyCancel