Cool Shade of Dusk

Evening Hillside with Cloud
Oil on canvas, 7″ x 5″

Painted from another photo that I took from a train in the mountains last winter. This is looking back west over the hills at evening and not far from my destination, a little farther east. As usual, I tended too cool in hue and didn’t get the slight warmth in the cloud. There’s a few odd ridges in the paint because this was painted over an old painting.

This is the second painting I’m posting in one day for me, and I’m wondering if it would be better to not post quickly made paintings so often? It’s just that I’m pretty well pleased with the recent study paintings and excited to regain the motivation to make things so often again.

Warm Evening Light

Warm Evening Light

Watercolor on paper, 8″ x 4.75″

I painted this on the back of some paper that I think is from Moulin du Roy. I used the back because it had an interesting texture, different from the front, that left little flecks of white in the black paint and looked like light glistening. Unfortunately that texture just looks more like graininess when I shrink the image to fit here. A closer look-

Warm Evening Light Detail

I used mostly carbon black (self made, pigment from Pebeo) and Venetian red (Rublev), plus some German vine black (also Rublev).

While I was going through my usual struggle to think of a good title, before eventually settling on a plain description as always, I came across a quote about it in the Bible, in which Jesus said “When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Mat 16:2-3) At certain latitudes a red sky in the evening means the next day will probably have good weather, because of the direction that wind blows, but a red sky in the morning means a storm is probably coming.

Over here is a photo that I was thinking of when I was painting the colors.

Evanescence of Day

Evanescence of Day

Oil on canvas, 5″ x 7″

The last faint sliver of day, just as it reaches the edge of vanishing.

I started this many months ago but the color choices weren’t looking right and I set it aside. Then today I decided to completely paint over it with new colors. It’s still the same painting though, just different paints and finished details. All of the paints I used in the top layer are from Williamsburg. I used Van Dyke brown, French terre verte, Italian Pompeii red, ultramarine blue, and titanium White. Also there’s generous amounts of a putty medium that I made yesterday and put in a tube. I think all the paint visible here is mixed with around 50% putty.