Shadows In Landscape Painting. A Watercolor Demonstration.

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watercolor painting demonstrating the importance of shadows in the landscapeWhatever your medium, oil paints, (oils). acrylic, pastel, and especially watercolor, if you are a landscape painter. this lesson is for you.


This lesson is about using shadows effectively in landscape painting.


The subject of this watercolor is a barn and silo, and not much else. The barn is white, Pennsylvania Dutch style white, so that we may better see the pure color effects without the confusion added by extraneous hues. As always we will mix some of our colors on the paper, and some on the palette.


In this art lesson we cover:


  • Shadows on flat surfaces.
  • Shadows on rounded objects
  • Shadowing of downward facing surfaces.
  • Shadows cast by overhanging horizontal objects.
  • Cast shadows.
  • Foreground shadows.
  • Shadows as design elements used as objects in the painting.


  • We cover a lot of abstract concepts such as using foreground shadows to create sanctuaries. The relative darkness, "values" of each of the different kinds of shadows is extremely important to make a painting realistically effective.

  • Our most significant painterly concept is that landscape shadows have very specific colors; that the colors are influenced by surrounding objects and by the sky above. We learn that we can use these colors to effect the human psyche. That good feelings, feeling of well being, can be engendered simply by the colors used in shadows.


In this art lesson I try to show you how much we think we know, and that much of our knowledge is false. The implications here are huge, ranging from jury selection to believing our own eyes.


The lesson runs; 34 Minutes, the first ten minutes is on theory, and the rest we will spend watercolor painting . We will use just a few different paint colors, 140 pound cold presses watercolor paper and one inch and half inch flat watercolor brushes.


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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color palette.
See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray

Burnt Sienna
0 - Red
Yellow Ochre
1 - Yellow
2 - Green
Cerulean Blue
3 - Blue
  ...( non sed. )
Phthalo Blue
4 - Cool Blue
Ultramarine Blue
5 - Warm Blue
Pyrrol Red
6 - Warm Red
Info Alizarin Crimson
( Quinacridone )

7 - Cool Red
Arylide Yellow FGL
8 - Warm Yellow
Arylide Yellow Deep
9 - Cool Yellow

140 Lb. Cold Pressed
140 Lb. Cold Pressed

The warmest color is orange

The coolest color is middle-blue

A warm red would be like a tomato (orangy)

A cool red Is like a strawbery (purpleish)

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