Cape Disappointment Lighthouse #5

The trees and shrubbery are next. I begin by drawing trees with a thin wash of light gray to show the furthest fading into the distance. Then I add greens and browns in various amounts to brighten the trees and shrubs as they come closer. Closer is brighter. If it is where the light is shining it becomes even brighter.

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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Commission

Seaside Lighthouse Commission

My client wanted a watercolor done of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse for their parents at Christmas. Here are some of the steps taken to create this painting

I received an example showing what they were thinking of but they wanted a warmer looking day maybe with some sun.

rec'd from client
I found a sunnier shot of the same area that had a great array of sunny color.

sunnier shot

I also took a look through my own photographs to find a shot taken of that same bay while we were on vacation on the coast of Oregon. This just so happened to be a beautiful sunny day when my husband and I hiked up to the lighthouse a few years ago with a couple of friends.

my own photograph