My latest watercolour painting, this time Simply Skiddaw in The Lake District – a winter dawn painting, using easy techniques of washes with loads of patience to let things dry as you are going along. Sometimes simple works and I think this is one of them, its also with a limited palette of Ultramarine, permanent rose and phthalocyanine green.
The antitwilight arch is an atmospheric phenomenon visible shortly before sunrise during civil twilight, when a pinkish glow extending roughly 10–20° above the horizon surrounds the observer.
This is also called the Belt of Venus and is actually alpenglow visible above the horizon during twilight. Unlike alpenglow, the sunlight refracted by the fine particulates that cause the rosy arch of the Belt hovers high in the atmosphere and persists long before sunrise. This adds so much atmosphere to the painting.
Derwentwater situated in the Northern English Lake District is one of my favourites, there are so many mountains to paint, walk and climb surrounding it. It has charming bays with lots of moorings for boats and a delightful round the lake walk.
Materials used for this Skiddaw watercolour painting:
Arches watercolour rough paper bought from The SAA
Michael Wilcox and Daler Romney Artists Watercolour Paints
Brushes from Rosemary’s Brushes