I’ve been focused on shadows and light for some time now. Shadows are like a whole new set of lines to go along with the shapes you see in life. They extend and retract while deepening our experience of color and changing the mood of a scene. When painting shadows, I usually start with a bright and strong version of a color and let it dry. Then I’ll mix a wash of ultramarine blue and Vandyke brown or burnt sienna and add layers of shadow over the bright colors while looking out for highlights. With this painting, I painted the shadows first and put the yellow and violet over them. I really enjoy the versatility of watercolor and the fact that you can conduct an endless number of experiments to figure out what gives you the result you’re looking for.