Day 63: Hunter Valley Morning View

Hunter Valley Morning (Watercolour)

Hunter Valley Morning (Watercolour)

After struggling last night with unfamiliar tools I’ve been educated and I’m writing today’s post in daylight, at 5pm. It’s stunningly warm, about 30ΒΊ, and I spent a lovely morning painting the view again while Jim slept in. I confess that I caught up on my sleep after lunch!

After reflecting on yesterday’s sunset I decided to start with a pencil sketch today – it occurred to me that I had tried to cram the whole sweeping vista onto an 8 inch travel pad, which is why there was a bit of a curved effect going on. This one is a straight out view of the valley from one end of our veranda, nothing from the sides πŸ˜›

I would say this is the longest I have ever spent on one sitting of a painting! I think it took about 2 hours, and I was flagging by the end. It’s also the most challenging number of greens I’ve ever mixed πŸ™‚ I would have liked to have made the distance recede in the centre a little more, but otherwise I’m pleased with it.

Hunter Valley Sunset (Watercolour)

Hunter Valley Sunset (Watercolour)

I’ve also taken a daylight photo of yesterday’s painting that shows the colours better… they’re still a bit ‘creative’ :-P, and unfortunately the trees don’t pick up the sunset, but it was fun and was also my first plein air painting since holidaying on Thassos about 14 years ago!

(Update 18/03/2013: This is now a scan of the painting)