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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Elva #72 and 73
Sliver of Moon
We were driving back to town just a few days ago when I was struck by the scene. The sun had just set and the moon was soon to disappear in the West too. The sky was a murky golden and the pastures dried out and golden brown. The whole scene was warmed by a slight haze of forest fire smoke in the air. I sketched the idea in my journal and jotted down a few color notes.
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford 140# cold press.
Western United States has lots of forest fires going this dry summer. Fortunately I live west of most of them which means the prevailing winds blows the smoke farther east. But this morning the winds had switched, bring smoke into the valley where I live. The sunrise was brilliant! I had an important date (with two cheetahs) that morning, so I snapped a photo and went on my way. Thank heavens for cameras. It is hard to remember such brilliant colors.
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistica white 140# cold press watercolor paper.