Sun-burned Dawn, Oil on canvas, 10x20
Sometimes I feel like the guy in the donut commercials dragging himself out of bed in the wee hours. "I've gotta go make the painting." I was up way before dawn two mornings in a row to capture this sunrise a few blocks from our house. On the first morning the sky was uneventful, so I worked on the foreground. The second morning the sky was amazing for about 20 minutes. I caught what I could, but as you can imagine, looking into a sunrise like this can be tiring on the eyes. Actually, it can do serious damage if you aren't careful. I was standing behind a lamp post and had my giant brimmed hat on as usual. Still, I had to finish in the studio after my eyes had plenty of time to rest.