Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A certain kind of light

The appearance of everything we see is determined by how the object is lit. Sunlight can be harsh, glaring, bright, almost white as it tends to be on hot summer days, or soft, ranging in colour from orange through yellow to silver as I often see it in Northerly conditions especially in the winter. Light is difficult to capture. Often, your subject won't really start to 'pop' until you get the light 'truthful' or 'just right'. For me, watercolour is the perfect medium to depict atmosphere and light. The paper works with you and in areas where you leave the paper white, or apply a very light wash only, the light will shine through as it does in this view of Galway Bay seen from South Park.

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