Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

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Before the Flair

February 23, 2019

Before the Flair – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Decided to create a work with some dramatic color as well as a subject which might appeal to Woodwalk Gallery clientele. I utilized a plein air oil sketch of Anderson Dock, the boats and distant peninsula. I used a photo reference for the sunset. The boats at the left margin gave me a challenge. I needed the boats to read but needed to subdue the value of the reflected light.

 

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Ephraim Dusk

November 15, 2016
Ephraim Dusk - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Ephraim Dusk – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Despite a beautiful sunset to the west, I loved the warm effects across the foliage to the south.

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Eagle Harbor Spectrum #12

September 3, 2016
Eagle Harbor Spectrum #12 - Oil on Canvas - 11 x 14

Eagle Harbor Spectrum #12 – Oil on Canvas – 11 x 14

Another play of a midwestern sunset over this Door County peninsula.

Note: This design is also currently available in it’s 6 x 8 study.

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Ephraim Sunsets

August 9, 2016
July 1 Sunset #1 - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6 x 8

July 1 Sunset #1 – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6 x 8

After dinner, we headed down to a park adjacent to the boat launch. Wanted to capture the sunset. Each painting completed within forty minutes.

July 1 Sunset #2 - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6 x 8

July 1 Sunset #2 – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6 x 8

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Late Day Rays

August 17, 2015
Late Day Rays; Oil on Canvas 20" x 20"

Late Day Rays; Oil on Canvas 20″ x 20″

Several years ago, I made some sketches of a farm along a country road. I liked the raw design, but could not figure out what to do with the scene. The day I witnessed this scene, it was somewhat overcast.

A recent sunset supplied my incentive. I made some sketches of the cloud patterns. The next day in my studio, I was flipping through my sketchbook when I came across the country road sketch. Quickly put the two ideas together  and painted this work.

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Wheeler Dusk

April 6, 2015
Wheeler Dusk 2; Oil on Canvas 30 x 40

Wheeler Dusk 2; Oil on Canvas 30 x 40

Wheeler Dusk 2 was the culmination of three works from a basic idea. The color in this photo is not as accurate as I would prefer to display. I have encountered a computer that died. I am going through the ordeal of transferring data to a new computer. I am also having to incorporate a new camera. Learning curves are winning. I hope to have better, more accurate, results soon.

Wheeler Dusk 1 ; Oil on Canvas 16 x 20

Wheeler Dusk 1 ; Oil on Canvas 16 x 20

Wheeler Dusk 1 was an interesting exercise. After creating the small, 11″ x 14″, version of this sunset, I decided to go a little larger. Decided to save a 16″ x 20″ painting of Wheeler Road. Repainted the entire sky to change it from a mid-afternoon scene. Had the sky and foliage adjusted and then decided to remove a clump of trees from the left foreground area. I believe that the changes worked.

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Passing Clouds

March 6, 2015
Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

I utilized a scene from Door County to create a simple landscape for the aid of one of my Rock Valley College classes. Simple scene with a simple, if not boring sky. It served the purpose for my students.

I contemplated putting a coat of gesso over the painting to recycle the canvas. Before destroying the work, I decided to have fun and play with it first. Wanted to play with  early evening clouds. After establishing the clouds, I found that I had to adjust colors in the land elements.

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Wheeler at Dusk

February 26, 2015
Wheeler at Dusk; Oil on Canvas 36" x 36"

Wheeler at Dusk; Oil on Canvas 36″ x 36″

Used the landscape from the plein air paintings created in early October 2014 and merged it with a sunset. Had to push the horizon down and ensure that the majority of the canvas was devoted to sky. The tricky part is improvising the movement of the clouds to augment the design. More ideas coming out of this landscape design.

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Regional Survey of Art 11

January 4, 2015

The four paintings posted below, Gentle Bend 2, Clearing Skies, Olson Overflow, and Crossroads – Wheeler at Flora Church, have been accepted into the Regional Survey of Art 11. This competition/exhibition is on display at The Next Picture Show 113 W. First St. Dixon, IL and will run from January 9 – February 21, 2015.

Gentle Bend 2; Oil on Canvas 30" x 48"

Gentle Bend 2; Oil on Canvas 30″ x 48″

Clearing Skies; Oil on Canvas 36" x 48"

Clearing Skies; Oil on Canvas 36″ x 48″

Olson Overflow; Oil on Canvas 48" x 36"

Olson Overflow; Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″

Crossroads-Wheeler at Flora Church; Oil on Canvas Panel 12" x 24"

Crossroads-Wheeler at Flora Church; Oil on Canvas Panel 12″ x 24″

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Eagle Harbor Spectrum #10

November 13, 2014
Eagle Harbor Spectrum #10; Oil on Canvas 24" x 48"

Eagle Harbor Spectrum #10; Oil on Canvas 24″ x 48″

Taking the idea to a different level. It is a challenge after working in a more standard 2:3 format (example a 30″ x 40″ canvas) and then working in a 1:2 or even a 1: 3 format. A struggle  to balance the composition and movement through the design.

Standing in front of this work really captures the feeling of the breadth of the scene. I have a 48″ x 60″ canvas sitting in the studio and I am starting to contemplate the effect of  one of these sky paintings on a canvas of that size.