Friday, December 24, 2010

Torrey Pines Sunrise, blinding light

9x9 pastel and watercolor on UArt
Blinding light from the sunrise over the hillside made this painting particularly challenging... but its also what drew me to this scene. The contrast between the cooler forward land mass and the warm sun kissed distant land was gorgeous.
One thought that kept pecking inside my head was "the light is a lighter gold (not like sunset). The gold has touched everything." That means moving temperature, If something seemed blue it needed to go warmer-  to violet. If the forward rock is in shadow and the top has orange the shadow stays pink, neutralized of course. You have to place it though a filter of gold, even when the mind will tell you something else.

Merry Christmas friends!
May the warmth of the Christmas light bless you!


Deborah Elmquist said...

You are amazing. Most artists would have packed it in and gone home. Stay safe and dry and have a wonderful holiday.

Carol Lee Beckx said...

Merry Christmas Loriann - and many beautiful paintings in 2011

Donna T said...

I feel like I need to squint to look into this light! Merry Christmas, Loriann! (It's snowing here right now!)

loriann said...

Hi Deborah! Merry Christmas to you my Florida friend! Thanks for checking in. The landscape really was beautiful, but now it is time to return to snow! cheers!

loriann said...

Hi Carol! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too!

Hi Donna! We just learned our return trip may be a little chancey to say the least. So please tell that snow to stop! Merry Christmas to you and yours!