Moonscape, watercolor, 9x12"
Drove to Venice in the dark to meet artist friend, Sally Christiansen just before sunrise. We painted the entrance to a trail that leads to the beach from the back of our cars in the parking lot. A full moon was setting in the tree branches.
At just the right time, a man walked his dog into my painting! I love how figures give the landscape a sense of scale. And his red shirt was just the shock of color needed to balance the greens.
Tinkered with this watercolor later to strengthen the contrast. Although a bit overworked, I like the way the light and atmospheric effect turned out. Sometimes watercolor works its own magic without much help from me. That's why I love it!