|"Sunset at Malloy Bridge Road"|
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"
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When painting skies of any kind I find it useful to premix several colors on my palette. For this painting I mixed a few greenish blues, several tints of yellows, oranges, and reds, and a couple of violets. I like to start with a simple drawing indicating the horizon line and basic cloud formation, then loosely lay in the blues. I tend to work towards the middle values initially, so I layed in the dark tree line and stronger values of the clouds next. I finished with the vivid yellows and oranges and the small semi-cirle of almost-white for the sun. I touched up a few edges and a couple of highlights on the ground, but I didn't want to overwork this one. I like the loose and quick feeling of this painting. It's kind of like watching the sky itself. Everything seems to be constantly in motion.