Friday, March 8, 2013

Dawn Light

"Sheep in the Light of Dawn" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm



I had to be out earlier than usual recently, before dawn. I wasn't expecting to be doing any artwork but I always have my sketchbook with me, just in case. It was a cold grey morning and rather uninteresting, but then the sun rose above the clouds and lit up the landscape. A group of sheep were caught in the light, making a subject which I couldn't resist sketching, despite the freezing temperature. A few pencil lines and colour notes were all that I needed to make a painting back in the warmth of my studio.


8 comments:

  1. Hi there Keith!... A great "capture".. that wooly mound of warmth! Another fine plein air gem Keith!

    Have sketchbook... will travel... and subjects arise and present themselves out of no where!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Thanks Bruce, a sketchbook is one of the most important tools in the box isn't it.

      All the best,
      Keith

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  2. Wonderful sky and foreground light Keith. What paper did you use?

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    1. Thanks Ray. The paper was Fabriano Artistico 300 gsm, Cold Pressed, Extra White.

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  3. What a beautiful rural scene Keith. You've captured the sky and feeling of distance so well. Marvellous.

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  4. The Dawn light in this is amazing Keith and I'm always in awe that you can produce something like this from nothing more than a quick sketch and some colour notes.

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    1. Thanks John. It's surprising how much we can remember from sketching a subject, if we are prepared to trust our memories. Before photography artists had to work in this way, but I think we have lost something by relying more on photographs.

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