Saturday, April 11, 2015

Painting a Sunset

12 x 12 x 1.5”

This is the follow-up version of “Sunspot”, the small painting in my last post.  I used a cradled cotton canvas, with a wider range of colors and brushstrokes. I worked slower to make adjustments for what I hoped would be a dramatic sunset reflecting on the water. Although the final image may appear as if the paint was randomly placed, the reality is that the top layers were gradually applied and evaluated over several days.
Whenever I am hesitant about a painting’s outcome, I consider doing a study first. Studies can help to determine the ground work and elements of a larger piece.  Each painting presents an opportunity for growth and observation.

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