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Sketch: Rain Later Today

pastel sketch of sunrise
pastel sketch of sunrise

“Rain Later Today”, pastel, 9″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I did a quick sketch this morning in preparation for a larger painting. I need daylight to photograph the painting, but for now here is a scan of the morning sketch. I stood looking out a window to the east, and the dawn had been very bright copper, then hazy. Soft purple clouds lay on the horizon, and the hills on the other side of the valley were just misty enough to have a blue haze indicating humidity in the air meaning rain was moving in, very simply yet colorful.

Of course, I’ve left out quite a bit—trees, houses, businesses, but this is what I saw on first looking out the window.

In the lighter area at the top, it appears as if paper is showing through the lighter tones. The paper I used is a Wallis brand sanded pastel sheet in “Belgian Mist” and is more or less kraft-colored. I prefer to begin a sketch or painting on a mid-range paper rather than light or white because it’s easier to think in terms of highlights and shadows. The pastel is actually completely covering, but the scanner light is strong enough to actually scan through this lighter pastel. It’s a disappointment and a quandary when I reproduce my art: the scanner captures much more detail and is better suited to smaller images, but this scan-through is often the result on this paper.


Red Dawn, 2011

red sunrise

Red Dawn

Even though a sunny day was forecast, I knew a storm was coming because the dawn was blood red, almost shocking when the light hit my window.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight;
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

Or farmers or anyone whose livelihood depends on the weather.

I missed the absolute sunrise just in the time it took me to get my camera and get upstairs to the bathroom window where I have this view.


Sunrise: Rainy Morning

photo of sunrise

Sunrise: Rainy Day

Perhaps the sun’s glow was strong enough to shine through the cloud cover, or perhaps it wasn’t such heavy overcast east of me this morning, but we had a lovely colorful sunrise before the rain began again in earnest.

I’ve been looking out this window since I lived here, looking at these trees for 21 years, photographed them, sketched them, and I have to say I never noticed the triangle of branches, or how the two maples on either side frame the triangle so perfectly. Does the triangle mean that change will come?

The shape and composition also reminds me of the churches I’ve visited. Is this a reflection of what I’ve always said about the forest being my place of worship?

This certainly inspired a deep awe and reverence with which to start the day.


Red Dawn

red sunrise

Red Dawn

Even though a sunny day was forecast, I knew a storm was coming because the dawn was blood red, almost shocking when the light hit my window.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight;
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

Or farmers or anyone whose livelihood depends on the weather.

I missed the absolute sunrise just in the time it took me to get my camera and get upstairs to the bathroom window where I have this view.