To me, there is nothing like letting a brilliant sunset warm the senses as it bursts with its gorgeous colors only nature can create. I love the explosion of colors that the sun illuminates the sky with as it sets – for an artist its excitement on steroids. I love them and decided a couple of months ago to do a series of sunsets. The four underpaintings are done let me introduce you to the first completed painting, Sunset Bursting Rays.
This is an oil pastel, 11 x 14, completed with a soft pastel underpainting and an alcohol wash. I’ve included a picture of the underpainting so you could see the beginning stages of this piece. An issue that Oil Pastelists contend with, is we can’t do glazes or tints to get the illusion of see-through because oil pastels never fully dry. To create see-through sun rays I used pieces of pipe insulation to spread very thin layers of oil pastels without disturbing the under layers of cloud paint.
May your day be just a little brighter!