Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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. The various colors have differing abilities to do this and that presents some interesting opportunities.

Above the Pacific Ocean, I stood to paint this view of Inspiration Point near Laguna Beach, CA. The area has been a favorite to paint for decades of plein air painters with its fantastic natural beauty. Moving light and color within the waves and active people enjoying swimming and the beach created an exciting challenge.

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