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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunset Study

Sunset Study

6x8in oil on canvas board 100.

This was painted very fast. In reality the front ground was not this dark but the reproduction shows it so I am going to have to go with it. There were a lot of clouds and they were pink, mauve, peach, gold and a very pale yellow. I discovered that a lot of the color range depended not only on the position from the setting sun but also how dense the different clouds were.
The bend in the Rio Grande River makes for a dramatic cut of light against the dark of the land and the reflected color from the sky had to be knocked back a bit otherwise it competed too much with the drama of the focal point.
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