April 2011 – Light Creates Shadow

I just returned from a ten day painting workshop in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) with the well known and talented Toronto painter, Barry Coombs.
For those of you who may not know, San Miguel de Allende is a 3.5 hour bus trip north of Mexico City; at a latitude of 20 degrees [within the tropic of Cancer]; at an altitude of 6500 feet.As such, the sunshine is particularly intense, which dramatically affects the way buildings, streets, vehicles and the urban landscape generally, look. The reason for this is that the constant brilliant sunshine creates deep and dark shadows.

However, since a picture is worth a thousand words [!], attached are a few of the pictures I painted which visually explain this dramatic effect.

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