Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft (Sven Nykvist).
When I paint into the light, I think of first what kind of light I am trying to paint. Here in Nice, on the southeast coast of France, mid-day light can be very unrelenting to the point of being painful sometimes. Light brings out colors more vividly but when it's intense, the strong contrast between light and shadow areas seems to look almost black and white. With that in mind, I used a wide range of darks in all shaded areas in this painting to portray a sun-drenched street.
Nice, France V
Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25inches (29 x 21 cm)