The weather’s been crap here in San Francisco, so I’ve been painting a bit indoors. This is painting is from a digital image I took from a cruise ship we were on this past summer (from Athens to Venice). There were some great sunsets at sea. I recall a cruise we took in 2000 (when we were flush with “dot.com” money!) to the Northern Europe (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, etc). We traveled in late June, and the sunsets lasted for hours. Can you image! No rushing to paint it, sit back.
This one I’d focused on the texture of the paint to add drama, but I also end up using a lot of paint in sunsets just because there’s a lot of re-adjusting of color and value. These relationships in sunsets are quite subtle. I miss painting them plein air–perhaps in Hawaii, coming up next week!