Painting Lessons – The effect of light

In my never ending quest of trying to become a better artist, I have recently spent a lot of time in researching how others have used the effects of light in their work. Over a period of practice paintings I have increased my knowledge on how to create beautiful light effects in my paintings and today I want to share with you some of my recent works:

Cadiz/Andalusia – original by Mark Gittins

Sunset and Sand – original by JF Dowden

Sunflowers – original by Vincent van Gogh

From a photograph found on Pinterest

Ortakoy Mosque/Istanbul – from a photo by Mytho

Bourla Cafe/Antwerp original by Alvaro Castagnet

From a photograph by Ken Lesley

The creative mind never stops thinking and trying to better itself…I am happy with the outcome of these and hope you like them too.


Painting Andalusia with Alvaro Castagnet

Blog Post Alvaro Trip 1

I recently attended a very enjoyable Watercolour workshop in the Spanish Province of Andalusia with Artist Alvaro Castagnet. I was with a wonderful group of people who shared their appetite of the medium and Alvaro’s special way of painting. He injected into us the roar of the Lion and encouraged us all to paint in our own style using his techniques as a guide-rail. Alvaro is a magician with the paintbrush and taught us to exploit the light and mood of a scene. He inspired us to develop a vision for a painting based upon what we saw and not just paint it.


Cadiz Scene – Original watercolour by Mark Gittins

I have loaded a couple of my own paintings from the course within my gallery page. Above is also one of the scenes I painted from the course.

Alvaro Castagnet in action

Alvaro Castagnet in action

Off to paint now putting what I learnt into practise!