Autumn is a perfect time of year to focus on the illusions created by high contrast values.  Watercolor is my choice of mediums for color/value studies that will result in capturing that gorgeous glow of sunlight passing through the translucent oak leaves of yellow and orange.

Oak Leaves at 3 pm, bathed in sunlight

Neutrals of the palette strengthen the apparent brilliance of fully saturated colors, creating an even stronger illusion of sunlight passing through translucent oak leaves in the late afternoon.

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