For “Cliffside Shadow”, I wanted this image of a bird soaring beside a smooth weathered cliffsideto have a dreamy feel about it. As I worked at building the cliff, a smokey feeling emerged which I really liked. When I discovered Schminke produces gold and silver watercolour paints, I decided to try them on this painting. At risk of ruining the piece, I used both gold and silver selectively on the cliffside and added some touches of silver to the bird. I was happy with the subtle richness of these two Schminke paints. Used as accent colours, they lifted this painting to the level I wanted. It’s framed in a black float frame.