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Capturing atmosphere

I painted this watercolour from a sketch I made on a cold late winter’s afternoon in Vienna.

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It was about 4 p.m,, and I was waiting or my friend Helga.      The afternoon was filled with a certain atmosphere, which I wanted to capture.     

Initially the scene before me was monotonal, and then suddenly as the sun went behind the buildings, it was as if a fire had been lit.

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The orange/red of the sun’s rays initially turned the rooftops into a glorious burnt sienna glow….

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which spread over the front of the buildings….and into the righthand foreground.

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And finally, there it was – the scene before me was now glowing with colour and energy.

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In a watercolour such as this, the key is to capture the ‘atmosphere’ of the moment, rather than a lot of unnecessary detail.     

Somehow, hummingbirds seem a little incongruous set against a winter scene in Vienna….however as these magical creatures inhabit my mind no matter where I am or what I am doing….here is an orange hummingbird also touched by the sun. 

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A Bientôt