Saturday, December 11, 2010

Last Light

Last Light, 6x8

The plan this day was to paint a beautiful Texas sunset over Lake Travis. We had a fabulous spot at the property of our wonderful and generous Plein Air Austin co-member, Lynn. Since I happened to arrive a few minutes late, however, and with every moment so precious, I decided to take the easy way out and paint the pretty, indirect light coming off the water facing north. 

It turned out to be no bargain. The subtle light and color shifts (which, like the actual sunset, were still constantly changing) were more than enough to demand all the focus I had. The exercise was valuable, however, and certainly one that bears repeating and continuing to learn to see and render such subtle, yet powerful differences.


Kelley Sanford said...

Sometimes the easy way out...ain't. Nicely handled and a challenge, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Love the moodiness of this piece.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...