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Evening Take Off


This is a painting I did back in 2020 and it's one of my favorites that I've done. I guess just because of the simplicity of the composition and the explosion of action and dramatic color. For the most part I like a lot of strong color in my paintings and I do paint a lot of sunsets and sunrises.


If you're not an artist you'd probably be surprised at some of the colors I use in a sky. For example this sky actually has brown in it. I started with a dark blue on the edges and came toward the middle with a dark brown, then a lighter sienna color, and then into red, orange, yellow, and white for the sun. I blended these colors outward so you can't tell where one stops and the other starts. I was very loose with my strokes when I painted the ducks and the water because I wanted the action of the mallards taking off to be the focus and not the detail of the feathers themselves. When you witness motion in real life you don't catch every little detail.


I hope you all enjoy this painting and I still have prints available at this link