Painting Challenge: Shadows

Graham Berry is our awesome sponsor and has suggested this week’s painting challenge.

Paint shadows. 

Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #shadows

Deadline November 18, 2022, 11:59 pm ET

Shadows give depth and form to your art.  

There are two types of shadows: 

  • form shadows – the dark side of an object not facing the light, giving the illusion of its form
    • example:  shadow side of a tree trunk
  • cast shadows – the shadows that the object itself casts upon another object
    • example:  the shadow that the tree trunk casts on the ground


Shadows are critical.  These crayons look like they are floating in air until I added the shadows.



What is the prize?   

The prize for one random winner will be a one-year subscription to Graham Berry’s courses: Paint with Graham.  There are over 100 full tutorials available immediately with a new tutorial added every 2 weeks.  His painting style is perfect for both beginner and experienced artists.

If you’d like to try a tutorial for free, sign up here.   I learned so much from this free tutorial about using a limited palette, creating warm light, and to allow the paint to “do its thing” and not fiddle with it too much.

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Challenge details:

  • Entries must be posted in the Facebook group: Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond
  • You may enter as often as you want
  • Open to all countries
  • Winner is chosen randomly
  • Include the topic hashtag in your post: #Shadows
  • Deadline November 18, 2022, 11:59 pm ET (New York time)
  • Winner announced Sunday, November 20, 2022
  • If you also post your painting on Instagram, tag @watercolorbeginnersandbeyond.   You could be randomly chosen for a QoR watercolor sample dot card.
  • This painting challenge is not endorsed, sponsored, or administered by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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