|"Lighthouse at Sunset" (oil; 9" x 12")|
It is a great idea to work in a series. To get to the bottom of things, so to speak. Sunset sky is one of my such on-going series. I am perhaps inspired by my mentor, Sara Linda Poly. She is my first oil painting teacher, whose luminous skyscapes never fail to take my breath away. As a veteran plein air painter, she paints on location these "golden moments," which don't last very long. Half an hour, tops, if you are lucky.
Sara draws the landscape parts--trees and so on--on a toned ground first and waits for the sunset to work its glorious, spectacular magic. It is, of course, hard to paint looking at the sun in rapidly fading light, and I don't know how she does it so well. As a newbie to plein air painting, I prefer to paint these sunset scenes in my studio. "Sunset Clouds" and "Lighthouse at Sunset" are my two latest attempts at sunset sky. I am pleased with them, for now.