“At Sunset”

What the en plein air artist lives for.

The weatherman keeps saying how much more daylight we’re getting. It’s just not that much more!

At Sunset - en plein air watercolor landscape painting by Tony ConnerBy the time I found this location and started to set up, the sun was already drifting down behind the hills.  This is what we en plein air painters live for isn’t it – too little time to catch a fleeting light effect without becoming hypertensive in the process.   At least in the morning, there is still light to paint by, even after the light effect has disappeared.  In the evening, one loses the light effect and the light!

The solution, as I so often remind my students, is to focus on the big shapes, get the values organized and placed as quickly as you can and then focus on the finishing touches.  The next time I catch myself saying that to students, I’ll remind myself that it’s easier said than done…

One of the things that are most attractive about the winter landscape is the stark separations of field and forest along with the rhythmic patterns they form. The evening sky, especially when there are clouds, tends to reflect sunset color onto the snow covered fields, changing them from blue-white to subtle warmer hues.

The normal patterning that occurs in winter fields was enlivened with evening sky colors in this scene. Working quickly in watercolor usually means working very wet or very dry. In this case it was both – very wet early on and then very dry back onto still damp passages.

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