I painted this distinctive rock with my Maglite torch, which contains six D-cell batteries.
The 16-year-old globe in this torch is tungsten, which results in the warm tones in the rock and sand. I think it works well in a scene like this with rich, blue sky in the background.
As is the case with a cloudless dawn, the sky exposure is very difficult to control. Under-exposing the background while painting the foreground allowed me to avoid blowing out the brighter parts of the sky.
Published on Sunday, 5th September, 2010.