Thursday, December 9, 2010

Watercolor Luminosity

It is easy to underestimate the power of luminosity. Part of the unique beauty and power of watercolor is the ability of the paint to allow light to pass through it and reflect light back from the paper. It’s why a watercolor can still be exciting to view in low light when other paintings can't be seen. The various colors have differing abilities to do this and that presents some interesting opportunities.

This painting, "Head on Up", was painted on location at Enchanted Rock in Texas. I love the strong shapes and the directional movement at this park and return often. It's a physically challenging location to get to with painting gear, dog, and extra water, but this view from Turkey Peak Pass is one of my favorites.

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