The day I started this painting it was very sunny - not partly sunny or mostly sunny, but completely and wonderfully sunny. So even though it was one of the coldest days of winter, I ignored my treadmill and decided to walk outside instead. Of course, before heading out I had to bundle up, because even though I am a fan of the sun, I'm not crazy about the cold. Once I had on enough layers to be twice my normal size I was ready to go. It was great! There is nothing like a walk outside on a sunny winter day after being cooped up for weeks.
The sun is also what attracted me to this shot of the Waterworks in Bethlehem's Colonial Industrial Quarter. I love the contrast between the sunny side and the shadow side of the Waterworks building. I also really like the highlights on the white branches of the sycamore tree and the sunny yellow edges on the pine branches. All of this brightness is perfectly set off against the shadowed side of the concrete overpass and the dark undergrowth on the hill.
I've been thinking about painting some of the historic Moravian buildings for awhile, but this is the first reference that really spoke to me. I have the sun to thank for that.
If you are interested, you can find out more information on the Colonial Industrial Quarter here.