Early Morning Light Landscape Painting Lesson

In this lesson we’ll paint a rural scene in the light of pre-dawn. Color is muted in this kind of light, so we’ll concentrate on getting neutralized, low-intensity colors into our landscape with a very limited color palette. We use easy techniques and a methodical layered approach.

Painting The Light Of Early Morning In Watercolor

This lesson shows you how to paint a farm landscape in the light of pre-dawn.

The key to really showing light of the pre-dawn – or post-sunset – landscape relies on three things: muted colors, a narrow value range and having a good temperature contrast between the sky and the ground planes.  For this painting lesson, we use a very limited palette of colors. Two of them are already neutralized helps created the look of muted color in the landscape. We’ll also work from a value sketch that is dominanted by mid-value.

We use easy, basic techniques and a methodical approach with built up layers to accomplish the look of pre-dawn light.

Mixing Muted Color

Any scene in low light will have a lot of muted, that is low-intensity or low-chroma, color.  This lesson offers a good bit of challenge and practice in mixing the muted colors you’ll need for this otherwise simple, easy to paint scene. 

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