Two paintings over Christmas

With my art course on Christmas break, I took the time to practice over the holiday period.

The first painting is from a photo taken back in 2010 in Boston of an incredible sunset across the bay from outside the Kennedy Presidential Library where I was attending an event and slipped out to watch the sunset instead. Come to think of it it’s the same sunset you can see in the banner across the top of this website. It’s probably the oil painting I am happiest with so far (although I have only done five so far, so its competition is limited). It’s oil on a fairly large stretched canvas. Click on it for a larger view.

Boston Sunset RM

I am not a big fan of painting from a photo, but here is the source material, which I tried not to follow too slavishly:

Boston May 2010 067

The second painting is oil on canvas board, and was the view out of a back window just before sunset. I say ‘sunset’ but it had been raining all day, so perhaps I should say as it was getting (even) darker. I am happy with the view through the window, but feel that I have probably made the foreground inside the room too large and fussy. If I were to do it again I would still include the window frame but less of the surrounding room… Still the whole point of this blog is to track progress rather than just put up my better efforts as this is a learning process, so here it is anyway…

Window view

Finally, here is a shot in which you can see both the inspiration for the second painting plus a nice effect with the sun shining through the canvas of the first painting – a sunset lighting a painting of a sunset!

Window plus painting

Over the next week before the course starts up again I plan to put up some watercolours on the blog, so stay tuned.


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