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. Such a special moment!
This painting was created at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.
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