Yvoire – Landscape at Different Times of the Day


Yvoire aout 7h00, 2016, huile sur toile, 92 x 152cm


Yvoire, aout 10h00, 2016 huile sur toile, 92 x 152cm


Yvoire, aout 14h00, 2016, huile sur toile, 92 x 152cm


Above are three landscapes I painted this summer on Lake Geneva. All are of a mediæval village called Yvoire painted at different times of the day from the same spot.

The first (early morning) painting is front lit which entailed my paying careful attention to colours. Early in the morning the village is a rich gold, an effect I painted using a glaze of yellow ochre and cadmium yellow.

The second picture was painted in the late morning. The light comes in from the left and shows more of the structure to the buildings. The wind picks up by late morning and  the occasional gusts ruffle the surface of the water in places. It makes for a more dramatic view.

The third, mid-afternoon landscape is back lit. Here my main object was to make sure of the values. The village is mostly in shadow and the variations within the shadows are minimal. I tried to avoid exaggerating these small differences by comparing them to the lights in the picture (the sky and water).

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