We did have some nice weather this winter. Around Christmas we visited my mother-in-law and went for a walk in the 'Broekpolder'. This is an area of wet nature between Vlaardingen and Maassluis, used for water storage in times of heavy rains and recreation in all times.
It was a cold day but we had not much wind and enough sunshine to keep us warm. As the days are short around Christmas, the sun was setting by the time we finished our walk.
The area is really nice, there are children's playgrounds near the parking lots and the hiking paths are well kept. It would be nice to visit this area in summer, when all is green.
I made some reference pictures with the setting sun and the clouds and this is the first painting I made after those references.
This was not easy, the lower clouds have a yellow lining instead of the usual white and some of them are really dark, all because of the sun that is setting behind them.
I had to avoid mixing the blue and yellow colours of the sky and add the clouds carefully in order to keep my grey mixture together.
I usually mix grey clouds from French Ultramarine and a brown - depending on the season - and on wet paper the blue granulates nicely, but the brown colour tends to flow a bit more. So if I am not careful I will end up with blue clouds that have a brown lining.
The yellow colour of the sky is reflected in the water, as are the clouds. A bit of wind makes the reflections blurry.
In the water are the remains of some trees and bushes. Now the water level is high, they are drowned and will eventually disappear.
More information about this watercolour painting can be found at my website www.jannekesatelier.webs.com