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Now why would I try that? Sketch: Sunrise at Niagara

April 30, 2012


[9×12″ canson block, shot on iPad, some digital contrast enhancement]

We’re in Niagara, it’s been rainy and overcast all day. But there was a small window of blue sky at sunrise. Normally this wouldn’t be something I’d attempt painting – but Laurel announced she was getting shots of sunrise – so I could come along, or – well actually I was coming along if I liked it or not :)

Besides it being six bloody o’clock, it was 2 degrees C and 143% humidity down by the falls. This is pretty challenging atmospheric conditions for watercolor. So – here’s what I got. Was a bit like painting on a stay-wet palette. I can’t paint moving water at the best of times. So I’m really posting this one for the curiosity value more than anything.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2012 8:01 PM

    I think it’s pretty spectacular! And I’m amazed you tried this. I’d love to see Laurel’s photos too.

  2. April 30, 2012 8:37 PM

    I love it!

  3. April 30, 2012 9:45 PM

    very ‘atmospheric’ Marc. Maybe not a good portrait, but ceratinly a good painting.

  4. splynch permalink
    May 2, 2012 12:06 AM


  5. May 2, 2012 8:32 AM

    I love it Marc — it is ethereal and surreal ;-)

  6. May 5, 2012 2:39 PM

    I think you succeeded far better than you think, Marc!

  7. May 8, 2012 8:25 AM

    Well, it took my breath away when it opened on my screen. What beauty you captured.

  8. Verla permalink
    September 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    I live in Niagara Falls and I have never seen them at six in the morning. There are lots of people doing paintings of the falls but this one is amazing. It reminds me of the rainbows that I look for when I go down for a “fix.”

    • marctaro permalink*
      September 23, 2012 3:00 PM

      Hey, thanks Verla – nice to hear from a local. If it works for someone who lives there, that’s a great thing :)

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