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Sky Colours

Plein air, apprx. 20 x 15cm

A rapidly executed sketch trying to catch some aspect of the sky over the Atlantic just after sunset. During the last week or so of fine weather the skies have been cloudless, presenting an ever-changing parade of colours from sunset through to late dusk.

It’s a challenging discipline to try and match ( guess? ) the colours in the fading light, for as quickly as one determines a colour and then tries to mix an approximation of it on the palette, the colour one is trying to match has already changed when one looks back at the sky moments later. Nonetheless, studies like these coupled with pencil sketches and written notes taken from life prove to be a far more valuable reference when making a painting in the studio than a library of photographs .

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