Silhouettes and Sunsets

Many memories I go back to at home are of sunrises and sunsets, which this week lead to the question as to whether a silhouette would work with my style of painting. Would the blending lead to the darker colours overpowering the vibrant colours of the sunset?

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Before the Night, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 50cm x 50cm

This study was back on a smaller canvas, purely for testing the mixing of the colours without the additional factor of the texture affecting it. The ‘black’ was a mixed grey so that it wouldn’t have that overpowering affect on the other colours, especially considering it is mainly against a yellow. Over the week, I worked into sections pulling the ‘horizon’ line down, breaking up the darkness with some reflection lines – I kept changing between blurring them in and having as solid line until one just worked – and dripping white spirit in the area around the silhouetted ‘tower’ to diffuse the colours in another way.

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