It has been sunny these days in Portland, which means that I am not so freezing as I was the week before. I have a southern window, so my studio is flooded with sun anytime it peeks out from the clouds. I know artists are supposed to prefer northern light that is diffuse, but I love the direct light. It bounces off my paints and makes them shimmer.
Painting with watercolor on top of layers of wax makes me even more aware of light. Unlike more opaque painting mediums, the light does a lot of bouncing. It starts from the white paper glued to the board, then goes through the translucent layers of wax, the layer of watercolor pigment, and the final layer of wax. Sometimes it reminds me of backwards paintings on glass lamp shades that also relied on light.