The Dark Side

Most of the time I seem to paint with fairly light and bright colors. Recently, I changed that and decided to try my hand — literally — at painting a darker landscape. Doing this painting felt much different, and in the end, I’m far from satisfied with it. Still, it was a good experience and an opportunity for me to learn to use colors in new ways.

I was hoping to create more of a “sun-going-down” effect, but the alizarin crimson behind the mountains doesn’t look quite right. I also tried to give the effect of an evening breeze blowing over the water. By the time I’d finished messing with it, the colors didn’t look right for the lake.

 

The Dark Side

Nightfall

Although it’s hard to see the detail in my treeline, I was very pleased with that part of the painting. My trees actually do look like trees, and I got a nice variation in color.

All in all, it was fun to do something a little bit different, and working with darker shades will help me improve my abilities to show light more realistically. After all, you can’t show light without having dark.

 

 

About Judith

As an artist, author, and musician, I celebrate creativity and personal expression through all that I do. I invite you to join me as I explore many different aspects of life, love, beauty, and nature.

11 comments

  1. I really like this one. It feels mysterious and a little spooky, and I can imagine all kinds of stories to go with it.

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  2. dawnmarie

    I like it. I’m a dark kinda gal.

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  3. I can feel the darkness by viewing the picture !! Great work.

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    • Thanks so much. It was an interesting painting to attempt. I think I’m still more comfortable with lighter shades. But we can’t have light without dark, right? πŸ™‚

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  4. Great play with light and shadows:)

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  5. I really like the tones and the contrast between light and darkness which makes the painting interesting.
    robert

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    • Thanks. That painting was done about a year ago, soon after I started oil painting. I’m still struggling now with getting value contrasts in my art. I think that’s always going to be a challenge for me.

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