Sunrise Painting – The Steps

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Following from this morning’s sunrise photo I posted here earlier (see here), I’ve now painted the painting.

It’s an impressionist study designed to capture the tones and colours I observed and committed to memory when looking at the actual scene. Here are the initial stages. It’s interesting to note the differences between a photo and an artist’s painting of the same scene. The tones, colours and composition should all usually be different.

Here’s an early stage which came just after a quick bit of loosely marking out the composition.

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Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage1-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk

Next adding some silvery-green in the right places:

Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-2-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk
Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-2-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk

And the densely-frosted ground of the field. This snow/frost has to be considerably darker than the lightest part of the sky

Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-3-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk
Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-3-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk.

Next the sky begins, I nearly always do the sky last. There are good reasons for this that I’ll discuss in another post.

Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-4-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk
Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-4-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk

Finally the rest of the sky. Below is the nearly finished work but it was getting dark outside and using artificial light to photograph paintings doesn’t work as well, I find. So I’ll photograph the final piece tomorrow in daylight.

Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-5-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk
Sunrise-30-Jan-2018- stage-5-Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk

It’s just an oil sketch designed to capture light and colour and it’s not meant to be anything more than that, but hopefully seeing these stages will be useful to someone studying painting methods.

Here’s the finished sketch photographed the next day in natural light. I have some reservations about it but it was only ever meant to capture the light and colour.

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Lawrence-Dyer-co-uk-SunriseStudy-LDSST300118smurl

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