If my dog could talk she would tell you that her morning walk was somewhat delayed. When I looked out my window at the sun coming up through the trees, I put off the walk for 30 minutes so I could sketch this scene. It was mostly done with a 1″ flat which is a pretty big brush for an 8″ x 8″ sheet, but I wanted to capture the big shapes of warm and cool light on the snow and houses. There was some morning fog and I vaguely remember the weatherman mentioning a smog warning too, hence the muted tones. My pigments are all on the light side: Cerulean Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Pyrrol Orange and Burnt Sienna. Maybe a little Alizarin Crimson in the tree. And if the dog could talk she would tell you that she eventually got her walk.


24 Comments on “Sunrise”

  1. Margaret says:

    beautiful little sketch,I need to gwt it together and do a small work every day to get back in the swing


    • Just set yourself a goal of 10 or 15 minutes every day Margaret. That was my goal when I started this blog. After more than four years I still miss drawing if I don’t pick up a pencil every day.


  2. Gayle says:

    If a picture (photo) is worth a thousand words, then a painting sometimes leaves one speechless, that is, leaves one with a feeling that words just can’t describe, beyond words – I feel your world through your beautiful rendition!


  3. rosjenke says:

    Your use of colour blows me away. As does the painting. Stunning!


  4. joantav says:

    You definitely captured that morning glow!!! Lovely!


  5. Mary McLaughlin says:

    Oh I really love this one – you caught the light beautifully. Your tree in the foreground is gorgeous!


  6. Chas Spain says:

    Beautiful work Sheri! Thanks for sharing a bit about the palette you used as well. I received some new paints for Christmas and it’s nice to try new things.


  7. I really love this one. I appreciate that you list your colors as it helps us learning students. I am happy to hear your pooch got his walk!


  8. Looking at this, I can feel the light of the sun on the snow and the trees. Beautiful!


  9. says:

    I love your work! Did you do a pencil sketch of the large shapes first or did you go right in with a brush? Adele Montgomery

    Sent from my iPad



  10. Vicky Porter says:

    This is so beautiful. I would like to walk a dog in that snowy, sunlit scene.


  11. Really love the mood and light you’ve captured in this. the palette is exquisite.


  12. I realise it’s a cold scene, but the warmth of the light is just fantastic!


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