First Light

This is my painting from Melissa Gannon’s fifth class.

Gouache on Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Pressed

This was actually my second try. It was a fairly difficult painting with such a dramatic sunrise. I did my first try in the journal I’ve made using watercolor on WSH150 Cold Pressed. It’s a watercolor paper that’s over 60 years old and you can’t really find paper of this quality any more. That said, I’m not used to those qualities and things don’t always come out the way I expect.

There are some things about this version that I like better, but I think the second version is better overall. Better composition and a tidier feel.

It was fun seeing the difference the paint and paper made.

Published by Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

4 thoughts on “First Light

    1. Thank you, Alice! Vintage Paper Co.( is a small business located on an island outside of Scotland. They have papers they make themselves, handmade papers from various artists, and vintage/antique papers that they’ve located from mills that shut down, etc. A lot of it is pretty expensive, but I took advantage of 25% off coupon that they posted at Doodlewash a few years ago. Then I let it sit, because the age intimidated me, lol.

  1. Ok is the top one on black paper?
    They are both so beautiful.
    I’m in love with them.
    Beautiful work!

  2. i like them BOTH! Really beautiful….the first one has the tight pleasing composition….the 2nd one has a wonderful rhythm in the sky and pattern on the ground…lovely abstract feel. These sunsets you are doing would make a great “series!”

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