The Other Side of the Pond

duckpond_trees_pleinair_june15So after a few sessions of hurrying to catch the dawn before it broke, I decided try my hand at waiting to start my painting after the sun had crested the trees and morning was well under way. I wanted to capture the moment the light first hit the tree-tops in the distance and the hazy atmosphere of the morning – so I sat myself behind this clump of closeup trees so I would have something to contrast with. The surprise of the morning was the little unexpected rays of sunshine that came peeking through to illuminate my foreground – I had to paint them in quick before they moved away, but they really added an extra pop to my painting.

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