Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Late Night

This is a demo that I did for class today. 
We used night scenes with artificial light as inspiration. 
It is a good exercise to see and get the darks as dark as they need to be.  
(I often tell my students not to be afraid of the dark.)
Also good to see the contrasts and color of artificial light. 
I could have made the light warmer, 
but it really felt like daylight in Times Square that night.
 I hope to do this again, not as loose, since I like the way it feels.
watercolor 11x14 inches


wandamarie said...

Oh, wow! This turned out so vibrant and "electric"! I love the reflections of the signage down onto the wet pavement behind and around the silhouetted people. Excellent!

Jill Eudaly said...

very nice. This helps me out a bit. The sketch book challenge theme is "opposites" this month. a night scene might be the ticket.
again, very nice work.
keep warm, jill

hmuxo said...

Beautifully painted Maria! Wonderful colors to a beautiful scene. Love it!

AutumnLeaves said...

Cities are so lovely in the night; their varied lights just make them shine and seem magical, as does this piece, Maria.

annietiques said...

Oh Maria, this is stunning! Love the shadows on the planes of the buildings...the night sky is wonderful...the silhouettes of the people are to die for...love this!! Ann

Sadami said...

Dear Maria,
Thank you for sharing the lovely work and the very useful tips. In my eyes, your focus is on lights in middle ground, not people in foreground. The paint successfully catches a mood in a "tight" way.
I've been sketching a night city and bars for practice. So far, I want to simplify value and use only 2 colors. But your work helps me. I'll enjoy challenging color soon:).
Cheers, Sadami