x SOLD Stephen C. Datz - The Early Riser's Reward (PLV90469-1220-015)
- Medium: Oil
- Circa: Contemporary
- Size: 12'' x 30''
18.5" x 36.5" framed. "Though I am no stranger to getting up before dawn to go out painting, my wife and I adopted a cat several years ago who has seen to it that rising early is no longer optional. She enjoys getting her breakfast between 5:30 and 6 AM and we have had no success “negotiating” a later breakfast time. It doesn’t help that she is a giant adorable golden fluffball who is hard to say no to. In any case, whether or not I want to get up I am the cat chef, so I get up. It’s not all bad, though, because it means that I am up in time to see things like this and able to scoot out the door if I want to go paint them. This is a view not too far from my home, looking west across the floor of the Grand Valley to the escarpments of the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area. The moon was just setting on this June morning and the first light of dawn washed the red sandstone cliffs into a stunning crimson set off by vibrant blue shadows. The only thing that made this better was a good cup of really strong coffee." -Stephen C. Datz