After practicing separating the lights from the shadows, the next lesson involved putting in the reflected light (in the shadow areas) and the half-tones (where the object begins to turn away from the light source). We did this in black and white first, as our teacher, Lee Boynton, is very good about teaching us one step at a time. The set-up at my place was a ceramic pitcher.

Pitcher in B&W, watercolor, 9" x 12"

Pitcher in B&W, watercolor, 9″ x 12″


I can see now that the pitcher looks like it is floating a little because the shadow on the pitcher and the shadow on the table don’t meet at the same spot.

The following week, we each sat at the same place and did the same object again, but this time in color.

Pitcher in Color, watercolor, 9" x 12"

Pitcher in Color, watercolor, 9″ x 12″


This pitcher was actually plum-colored, which I depicted in the shadow areas, but in the bright yellow light, it looked an orange-red.
Because I was painting from one adjacent area to the next before the paint dried, there are little lines of white paper separating some of the shapes so that the paint wouldn’t run into an adjacent area, as happened near the top of the pitcher.