Landscape Painting – Week 2: Rise to Meet the Sun

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The Landscape painting class met a new challenge today, the sunrise. These early-morning risers set up on Sunday morning, October 7, just before daybreak in a small courtyard behind the little church in Lacoste, France. The sun broke the horizon just after 8 am but due to the gloriously lit clouds it was not visible for almost an hour when it burned away the airy forms of moisture.Julie Ferris, voted to have one of the most successful first sunrise paintings on this crisp morning, explained her intentions for the work, “My goal is to capture the variations of light and color as the sun rises over the mountain.” Her layers of dark grays, pale blues, and bright oranges were arranged beautifully to convey the stimulating layers of hue and tonal contrast.

Many of us began facing the direction with the most interesting composition and color in the beginning, towards the north, though the sun actually rose to our right just over Bonnieux on the other side of the valley. Inspired by the words of the French author, Marcel Proust, we now look at the world as he does: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

By Sami Lee Woolhiser,  B.F.A. Painting

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