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Coloring a Snapshot of Summer

With Labor Day rolling in this weekend, we're celebrating the end of the season with a little summer color inspiration.

"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." Henry James

The epitome of summer is sitting by the water, cold drink in hand, soaking up sun with friends. It's the quintessential warm-weather activity. I may not be close to an ocean, but we have lakes in ample supply in the Midwest.

Here's a snapshot from my recent lake house weekend getaway with friends. Since it's already beginning to feel like fall in Chicago (68 degrees in August!), I wanted to find a way to commemorate a perfect, fleeting weekend.

Maple Lake

Photo by Heather Linder

Painting water seems like it would be easy, but capturing the reflecting light and the texture of the surface left me with some questions about color use.

A quick brush up on Color and How to Use It is the perfect tool for tackling all those lovely shades and hues of blue on my lake. This picture definitely needs some dimension to try to emulate any of the beauty of real life.

Image excerpted from Color and How to Use It

This painting from the section on use of "monochromatic color" reminded me of the hues in my picture. The author suggests using one color and black when trying to accomplish a monochromatic painting with watercolor. However, if you decide to use oil, a monochromatic painting will require one color as well as white to to lighten and black to shade.

How will you use art to capture your summer?

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.

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