Sunshine and Showers

My favourite weather for painting is a mixture of sunshine and rain showers. I love the contrast between the sunlit yellows of the landscape and the dark blue-greys of the heavy clouds. The cloud shadows are useful for composing the tonal values of the painting, allowing a kind of spotlight to be shone on certain features.

These are two versions of the same subject, with the sunlight used to provide different focal points.

 "Dwarwick Head, Clouds Building" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

"Dwarwick Head, Rain Clouds" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


  1. Good evening Keith!... Once again you clearly demonstrate your masterly handling of atmospheric light and colour with these pair of "twins". As un-identical as they are in lighting. they are unmistakably identical in their physical form.

    You clearly demonstrate the act of "catching the moment"... selectively manipulating the handling of light to elevate the sense of drama and the beauty of certain times of day.

    This is a "textbook" post for gaining insight into how to create these difficult and elusive painting moments.


    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Hi Bruce, thanks for your insight. It's always about light, isn't it, this kind of subject would be nothing without it.

      All the best,

  2. Yes Keith, you've done it again . Same scene , different feeling..

    While searching out Frank W. Benson.. whose work I have always admired, I came across another Benson... There is a painting called 'The Letter' by J.L . Benson... It's a scene of a winding road , a farmhouse at the end. It reminds me of your work .... as though the paint is put down, knowing exactly what your doing......
    thank you so much for visiting my blog... You have inspired me to keep trying ... I will finish the challenge, then looking forward to the Landscape workshop, end of Oct.

    1. Thanks BJ. I found 'The Letter' and, yes, it's a nice clean, confident watercolour.

      I think learning to paint in watercolour is like a long journey - best taken one step at a time :-)

  3. Two beautiful paintings that incorporate time itself. Thank you, Keith.

  4. Superb masterclass in the importance of light Keith, and to a novice such as me there are a lot of lessons in these two atmospheric paintings. Brilliant. ;-)


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