My wife and I woke up early to see the sunrise on the lake on this day, as you can see, there wasn’t one! It was a very cold and misty morning and the fog cut down the visibility so much that we couldn’t see across the lake. What we could see still looked very beautiful as the fog gave it a mysterious feeling, making the mountains appear and disappear into the mist. You can see a fishing platform with a small hut and a winch in the water, there are many of these platforms around this beautiful lake.
This painting is of the sunrise lighting up a valley in Ubud, Bali overlooked by a misty Kintamami Volcano. It was painted from the balcony outside our room in the Kupu Kupu Barong Hotel, over two very early mornings between 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. Each morning when I started painting, the air was quite cool, the valley was still dark and Mount Kintamani would come in and out of view as the morning mists lifted. It was a very special experience to see and hear the valley and forest waking up and revealing itself from the darkness. As day broke on the first morning I was painting, the warmth and rays of the rising sun coming from behind my viewpoint bathed the top of the facing mountainside in an amazing array of warm orange and auburn tones. It was a beautiful contrast to the many green shades of the lower parts of the valley that were left untouched by the sun. This effect only lasted for around 15- 20 minutes and it is the reason I painted it over two days as I really wanted to experience and try to capture that beautiful effect of the morning sun again. The tree in the foreground was the original reason for starting this picture, but the beautifully warm colours of the rising morning sun on the valley turned this into more of a sunrise colour study.