The time of day for this painting is late afternoon, it is winter, the light is low and rain is coming. There is a slightly ominous colour to the sky, the rain did come later in quite a big storm too so perhaps that accounts for the strange light.
This is the watercolour sketch for the larger painting. The sketches in the earlier post, "Training Session", are for this painting also. I find that by doing these I can calm my senses down and think about colours, tones, effects of light and what is happening in the picture. Also what I want to happen in the picture, after all, by the time a sketch makes it to become a finished painting, destined for the framers and then the gallery wall, you the artist, are most defiantly the boss. You can twist light, move mountains if necessary, smooth a cliff or ruffle up a forest. It is your world, you get to decide what you want to show, to hide or to underline.
Ah ha! I have just worked out why I have spent my life being an artist. I am very bossy, didn't get to be God so became the next best thing, an artist.