Tonight I did something I have wanted to do for ages. There is a beautiful valley on the other side of the Helderberg mountain from where I live. In the morning and evening it is just so beautiful. This afternoon I had to go up to the area so I took my camera and watercolour kit. The sun was just sinking when I pulled over (the R44 is the road from Somerset West to Stellenbosch).
I took a couple of photos then grabbed my stuff and sat on the verge and did a watercolour of the mountain. I didn’t think I would have much light so I didn’t even sketch the composition. But the light held so I could finish this. There was also a North Westerly wind blowing, I think we have some more rain coming, but before the weather arrives we usually get this warm berg . It was really a beautiful evening. And the paint on the painting dried enough for me to put in a little detail here and there. So here it is:
When I had finished there was still some light so I taped another sheet to my little board and did another.
This time I sketched out the mountain and some details. As I painted the light faded totally. There is a half-moon which kept a little ambient light but towards the end I had to hold my pallette up in the light of the passing cars to check the colours. It felt really good sitting there. The sound of passing cars reminds me of long ago when I used to hitch hike around the country for my holidays. I find the sound of tyres quite evocative. Anycase, eventually it was too dark to see and I did a last couple of strokes in and put in some moon-shadows on the peaks and that was it. I found it quite liberating not seeing the colours. So…
This was such fun. I have spent the day battling to get on top of an executive summary I have to write for a clients strategy from a workshop I facilitated and in the last hour it all came together – and then I did this. And I am quite pleased with these. They are each on Arches 185gm cold pressed 190x280mm.