painting sketch/sky study – Ontario dawn…

oil sketch - Ontario dawn

oil sketch – Ontario dawn

I did this quick sketch (about an hour) this morning to study the sky for the voyage. Photographing an oil painting while wet means that there is glare and the colours aren’t quite true. I may come back to this one later and make a more finished painting or else use it as a base for experimentation…

(cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

UPDATE: New poem from Tom for this painting!

dawn comes in silence, slipping past the night
with stealthy steps it moves across the land
setting candles in the clouds alight
awakening the the trees that stay and stand
where glaciers once scraped a path of stone
across the empty landscape of the north
though so many left their weathered bones
from emptiness the dawn can still bring forth
the richness of a cold autumnal day
as shadows steal behind the rocks and hide
waiting for the winter come to play
patiently they lurk where night abides
neither light nor shadow wins the game
but darkness dances with the dawn’s bright flame

(c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

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12 Responses to “painting sketch/sky study – Ontario dawn…”

  1. Wonderful! More please!

  2. It is lovely as is! :)

  3. looks like a Group of Seven piece but then i guess a Canadian landscape does that to you. nice work Hillary.

  4. dawn comes in silence, slipping past the night
    with stealthy steps it moves across the land
    setting candles in the clouds alight
    awakening the the trees that stay and stand
    where glaciers once scraped a path of stone
    across the empty landscape of the north
    though so many left their weathered bones
    from emptiness the dawn can still bring forth
    the richness of a cold autumnal day
    as shadows steal behind the rocks and hide
    waiting for the winter come to play
    patiently they lurk where night abides
    neither light nor shadow wins the game
    but darkness dances with the dawn’s bright flame

    I really like the use of light and shadow in this, and I think the wet photo actually works really well–the glare adds to the cloud’s brightness, maybe? You’ve captured the landscape at dawn beautifully.

    The line “though so many left their weathered bones” is more-or-less stolen from Canada’s Other National Anthem, Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage”.

  5. I am looking at this painting again this morning and I am very impressed how much your skill level has improved with this new technique.

  6. Leslie Says:

    Hilary, lovely work! Do you take commissions?????
    see you soon at the farm – Les

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