The morning dawned bright and clear with a fresh easterly wind. After a cup of rooibos and as many of the dead-weight rusks as I could manage I got up and carefully clambered over the rocks to the neck looking to the east over the Tanqua Karoo. There was a thick cloud over the Eastern Horizon and the wind was icy. I was not kitted out to sit painting so I took some photos and made my way back to the cave. On the way back the sun rose. I always look out for the bands of yellow, pink and blue at the edge of the day as they decend to Western horizon as the sun rises. As the pink hits the peaks they light up red for a few short seconds then it is day.
In this watercolour I have tried to capture this colourful glow. I noticed that the snow on the south facing mounds turned a light pink and on the the northern faces turned light blue. Very subtle and beautiful. Some of the hardy heathers were poking out of the snow. So here it is:
This was painted on a half sheet of Arches 300g Cold Press (380 x 560 mm).