This was a late afternoon painting where the light was blasting through the green aspen foliage making it seem almost a neon yellow with a slight tinge of green. Of course, a camera wouldn’t see it quite this way, but I was there with the light shining directly in my eyes. Thank goodness for visors! In this situation, I had to figure out fast (sun was dropping and would soon drop behind the mountains and my scene would completely be gone) how to keep the backlit foliage looking bright to get my message across!
Be sure to click on the image to enlarge and I hope you’ve enjoyed this tip! I also tried to surround the yellow with the blue-green you see, while it was wet to get soft edges, while painting around my aspen trunks. This is not easy in Colorado, because the weather is so dry, so I really had to paint fast!
I’m happy that “Nearing Close of Day” was juried into the Southwestern Watercolor Society exhibit which will be hanging in Richardson, Texas, at the Eisemann Center through September 28th. Vlad Yeliseyev is the judge of the show. Be sure to go by if you’re in the Dallas area!