For a long time I always started a painting with the darkest of darks, and then often struggled to keep my lighter colors clean as I worked around the darks I'd already laid in. In the past year or two I've loosened up a bit from my usual routine and now often begin to paint with the lightest colors first. Which, in much of my recent work, show the most ephemeral and fleeting aspect of the landscape at hand, so it's a good thing to indicate on canvas immediately, since it will change very quickly. Light on the water and cloud forms in particular, but also simply color.
This week I started a painting of the view down the hill from our house, from the dormer window in my attic studio. I've painted many variations of this view and it always feels new, because of those ephemeral elements. In this particular painting, I was anxious about being able to portray the colors of that day's sunrise, so I began with them:
Plein air painting in the warmth and comfort of my own studio - the best of both worlds. Thanks for reading.