Wellington Point, High Contrast

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Key Takeaways: 

  • The tree and its cast shadow are linked. This is a form of simplification. Instead of two distinct elements, we have one larger one.
  • The big idea of this painting is color contrast. The high key background against the dark foreground. Much like Claude Monet’s Juan-Les-Pins.
Claude Monet, Juan-Les-Pins, 1888
Claude Monet, Juan-Les-Pins, 1888
  • Most of my time was spent painting the leaves at the top. I built up many layers of broken color, using all kinds of techniques. Dabbing, lifting, scraping, multicolored strokes... anything to get the desired effect.
  • The thick texture creates tiny cast shadows on the painting. This is known as raking light. It adds an interesting dimension to the painting.

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Finished Painting

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, High Contrast, 2021
Dan Scott, Wellington Point, High Contrast, 2021

Reference Photo

Dan Scott, Reference Photo, Wellington Point High Contrast 700W
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