03 June 2018

another sunrise

This 30 x 30 Direct Watercolor challenge is proving much harder for me than expected. Today’s painting is from a photo I once took as we drove south at sunrise. Details of the land were indistinguishable but the sky was brilliant. There were beams of light radiating up into the sky which were captured in the digital photo . . . but turned out hard to replicate on paper!

I have not been happy with any of my attempts so far but it’s only the third day. I can only improve with practice, right? At least that’s my hope . . .


  1. I love the sun rays!! How did you do that? You are way too hard on yourself!! This is beautiful!

    1. After the sky is dry, lay two strips of heavy paper down, forming the sides of a ray and radiating out from the sun. Lightly lift the paint from this area between the strips with a damp brush, then blot with a paper towel. Reposition the strips for the next ray and repeat. I wish I had kept the number of rays fewer (and wider) rather than trying to copy what was in the photo.
      And thank you! 😊


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