Sunday, March 08, 2009

Backyard Sunset

Backyard Sunset
watercolor, 5 x 7 inches

We've had some beautiful sunsets lately. You have to be quick to catch them. When you do, for a few moments the western sky turns bright rosy orange. My only view from our backyard is through the trees and over the rooftops, but I love the bright colors filtering through the trees. I had to capture it.

I checked out Jeanne Dobie's book,
Making Color Sing, from the library. It's worth it just for the sections on greens, grays, and glazing alone. But there's a wealth of information above this. There's a lot of good composition tips too. Sometimes the colors in the step-by-step demonstrations seem a bit off, at least in this copy, but you can still get the idea behind it. Overall an excellent book.

Finally, a couple of links before I go. For you Freelancers out there, FreelanceSwitch has an
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Roz at
Roz Wound Up has been covering Journaling Superstitions and other Journaling tips lately. Here's the link to Journaling Superstitions #3 but scroll through her entries to find the rest.


Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

What a lovely sketch! And thank you for reminding me of the Dobie book.

Sydney Harper said...

Thanks! It was such a beautiful sunset that I just had to paint it. I really like the Dobie book. I may to buy my own copy so I don't hog the library copy.