Kona Sunset

Date: 8/16/2010

Location: Casa de Emdeco, Alii Drive

Size: 24" x 36"

Medium: Oil on stretched canvas

Artist's Comments: I have not worked on a sunset theme for some time now and I needed a break from my favorite beach and ocean color scheme. Painting on location is nearly impossible at sunset as its over an done with within 15 minutes so, I called my dad to see if he had any color sunset photos I could paint. He had two and although they were taken at different times of the day and thus offered different color schemes I liked how they both featured silhouettes of palm trees. I started the trees using deep shades of red which I hoped would be interpreted as highlights of the sun's rays shining through the leaves at dusk. The ever changing colors in the sky presented some challenges to me. On one hand, sunsets are a very forgiving subject to paint as no two sunsets are ever alike and such unexpected color combinations occur; on the other hand, the values really have to be consistent and I needed to allow for a soft gradual change in color across the spectrum. I found that as I kept working, the sky got better and better as I mixed more and more colors until finally I was happy with my creation! The setting sun was the icing on the cake!

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