Friday, January 11, 2013

Cold, Wet and Grey Day

This is California.  It's not supposed to be this cold and damp.  Went painting yesterday morning and it was grey.  The plein air session lasted only 2 hours and I quit.  Nothing was drying.  The sun did not come out.  I tried to capture the kind of day/landscape by using a lot of greys which I made from various combinations of primary colors.  I am a firm believer in saving shadows for the finish of the painting.  There were few if any shadows to paint.  Some puddles had reflections but that was all. 
When there is no sun, no cast shadow and you are uncomfortably cold, it is very challenging to paint watercolor landscapes.

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