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Crossing is a street scene which shows a man striding across a traffic junction in front of halted traffic.

Contrast between light and dark

What I’ve tried to do here was bring out the striking difference (or tonal contrast) between the light foreground and the dark, shadowed background.

I’ve explained the way I painted the scene in a blog post I just published. I hope you’ll read the post if you like the painting. If you’d prefer an executive summary, though, here it is. Basically, I first painted all the blue and black colours, plus the light brown roadway. Then, right at the end, I added some brighter colours (reds, yellows, etc.) to enliven the painting. I didn’t really have to do it that way – I was just making a point for the sake of the blog post I was planning!

Also, the man who’s the focus of the painting is walking downhill. I tilted the scene to the left just a tad, to create a bit of extra impact.

Unframed watercolour painting. Size 8.5 x 11.8 inches / 21.5 x 30 centimetres.


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