The Epic Battle of Light and Shadow

“The Charm of Venice #1” (watercolor, 15 x 22 in.)

“On a trip to Venice, I was attracted by the Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale,” says Jayson Yeoh. “The sunlight shining on the white buildings formed a strong tonal contrast and thus produced many interesting light and shadow effects. The endless stream of tourists not only decorated the scene, but also livened up the atmosphere.

“To start this piece, I used a large brush to paint the sky, foreground, and buildings. I then mixed transparent brown oxide, cobalt blue, and French ultramarine to form a thick color and added the background, painting around the lighter areas of the buildings. To add volume and draw attention to my focal point — the buildings — I used a concentrated mix of sepia and lunar black to introduce some dark areas to the architecture. I added the figures and lampposts as finishing details.”

More Watercolor Landscapes

“A Hot Day in Pontian Fishing Village” (watercolor, 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.)
“A Busy Day in Fes #2” (watercolor, 22 x 15 in.)

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