Shoot it, Sketch it: Sunlight is green

Sunlight is green – acrylic on watercolour paper, 205 x 295 mm, 2013.

Sunlight is green – acrylic on watercolour paper, 205 x 295 mm, 2013.

Here, as promised, is my painting of the sunset in Hagley Park (taken from the same photo I sketched last week). If you’re wondering about the title, it was inspired by something I read in The Acrylic Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Colour by Lexi Sundell. Apparently there is research to suggest that sunlight is not yellow but pale green. Think about that for a minute. Green is a cool colour but sunlight is warm. Other research suggests it may be pale blue. Whatever it is, it seems sunlight is not a warm colour. I don’t know about you but that thought really messes with my head.

Sunlight is green – acrylic on watercolour paper, detail.

Sunlight is green – acrylic on watercolour paper, detail.

17 thoughts on “Shoot it, Sketch it: Sunlight is green

  1. Dixie Mix

    Both of these are absolutely gorgeous! My favorite has to be the second one though. I love all the colors that you used on the trees and the paths. Love them both 🙂

  2. eightdecades

    Cool or warm both paintings are “cool” and give a warm feeling! Nicely done and each painting has favorite things in it, most of all they bring memories and thoughts. Nicely done.

  3. sempere

    They are beautiful. I prefer the first. The perspective effect is very accomplished. You care so the whole picture as the detail (the leaves of the trees).
    A greeting

    1. Anna Cull Post author

      Thank you! Are you comparing the acrylic with the watercolour from last week or seeing the acrylic detail as a different painting? The bottom image in this post is an enlarged section of the top one. Either way, I’m really glad you like it/them : )

      1. sempere

        You’re right, they are the same painting. I’m sorry if I did not express well in your language. Anyway I love the perfect color combination. I like your painting more than photography.
        A greeting from Spain

      2. Anna Cull Post author

        You express yourself very well. I’m glad you like the colours — colour is very important to me. Muchas gracias from New Zealand!

  4. kgjerdset

    I really love this one! I admit to having a tree bias. 🙂 The richness of the colors and the sense of depth is attractive. It makes me think of some of Van Goh’s paintings.

  5. fgassette


    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

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