I’m finally back! I’ve been visiting family in Southern California, and unfortunately, no WiFi was available to post. Time to catch up.
This video demo shows a how I interpreted a Colorado sunset in paint. I took snapshots throughout the painting process and string them together in this video. There were many shots taken, so you’ll get a better idea of how I go back and forth to adjust a painting before it’s done. I’m still struggling with dark values. I wanted the sky clouds/colors to be rich and warm (ie, as little white as possible, because white dulls color and cools it), so I get the ground and hills relatively dark. You’ll notice in the video that 3/4 of the way through I lighten up the hills (particularly those in the distance). Perhaps the warm clouds should have been lighter? I need to learn Photoshop, so I can play with these “what if” questions on my PC. I recall that Kevin Macpherson wraps his paintings in plastic and paints over them, to check alternative color/value, and also as he works on larger works and wants to check his color mixing.
The video looks darker than the original, so keep that in mind.
Colorado Sunset – Oil on Linen – 12×16
3 thoughts on “Colorado Sunset – Video Demo”
SO enlightening! And SO not how I’d have approached that view. HA! SO much to learn. Happy New Year… and thanks for all your inspiration in this one.
Ed, this is terrific! You really have caught the Colorado sunset. Where were you when you took the photo for this? I have a very similar view about 300 yards from my front door.
Thanks, Bill. The photo was taken at Moraine Park, in the Rocky Mountain Natinoal Park. I did another one from photos there in this post: https://edterpening.com/blog/2006/11/12/moraine-sunset/