Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight

I set up our still-life so that the objects were almost at the eye level of the seated students. Standing students could see much more of the top of the box and the cast shadows of the objects. These shiny ceramic bowls, jars and vases gave us a chance to think about reflections and reflected light.

I’ve simplified the light and shadow relationships as much as possible in the two studies below. Let’s look first at the object on the left.

1) I’ve used the white of the paper for my direct light and highlight.
2) The middle tone is distinctly darker than the white of the paper. These reflections are created by reflected light. They are NEVER as light as the direct light/highlight.
3) The darkest tone is used for the overall core shadow and the interior of the elliptical opening.

Now, let’s look at the study on the right.

A) In this case, I’ve used paper white for two small highlights and nowhere else.
B) This light tone is visible only where light hits the object directly.
C) This darker middle tone is used for the reflections.
D) As in our first example, the darkest tone is used for the overall core shadow.

Another challenge was the perspective of the box. There is a tendency to show more of the top plane of the box than is actually seen. So many things to think about!

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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One Response to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Eight”

  1. Inese Poga Art Gallery Says:

    Extremely nice!

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