Huangshan at Dusk
Po Wan went to China many times to paint, exhibit and teach. On one of those trips, he was able to go to Huangshan. The mountains are the iconic image of Chinese landscapes with the soaring rounded peaks jutting out of mist. They have been depicted throughout the centuries. Po Wan’s composition leaves the viewer in awe of the mountains yet that is not the main focal point. The mountains are in the mid and back ground while the trees have taken centre stage. He has recalled his lessons on backlighting. The trees are backlit by the mountains. He contrasts the blue mountain with the setting yellow sun, giving the painting the glow of evening. The light touches everything. We see flecks of yellow and orange in the mountains and in the trees, which sets the whole painting aglow. Instead of just using white to highlight, he uses colour to create his highlights.