ghostly shadows

The two shadows were a result of two light sources; my work lamp and the window.   The artificial light created the leftmost shadow and the sun made the one appearing below the ghost in the painting.  It's lovely where they meet - like a Venn diagram.  It was very interesting to see the colors in the shadows and how they intermingled.  Some of my teachers instructed us not to look for the colors in shadows but instead to leave them flat - "flat as a hat - flatter than that" was the mantra.  I can understand why.  Most of the time you want to draw attention to what's lit and subordinate what isn't.

Two Shadows; watercolor on paper; 16" x 20"

detail of Two Shadows

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