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During the summer, the plein air painter must awake at an inhumane hour if she is to paint the sunrise. This painting is the product of just such an occasion.

My artist friend and I awoke to our alarm clocks this particularly early morning. Having painted outdoors for 12 hours the day before in sun and heat, we questioned our sanity at sacrificing more rest, to set up our painting gear outside...where it was still dark. Thankfully I had anticipated this moment of weakness and had prepared my gear the night before. Trips like this are special and I couldn't bear the thought of missing what was set to be a gorgeous sunrise, no matter how vocally my body was objecting it.

Out we trudged to our painting spot. It overlooked the mighty Columbia River which separates the states of Oregon and Washington in a mountainous gorge of impressive proportions. As I extended the legs of my tripod and unpacked my paintbox, the sky was shedding it's dark veil of night. Colors spilled from the east and across the sky. The river responded very interestingly. It seemed to resist these vibrant shafts of warm color. Instead of mimicking the light above, it pooled cool tones of periwinkle in massive bands. What a sight!

This is why I love plein air painting. Even after observing nature your whole life, things you thought you understood, can be turned on their head. Subtle variations of light can entirely alter the story of the landscape, and in turn my painting. I'm just along for the ride. :)

This painting wa created at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.

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Professional Grade Artist Oil Colors

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Skamania Sunrise - Columbia River Gorge Original Plein Air Oil Painting (2012)


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This artwork is sold by Karen Whitworth from United States

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