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5×7″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on Ampersand Gessoboard
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A few weeks ago, my husband and I drove to the other end of the lake to get western views of the sunset. We took loads of photos. This is my first painting from that series of images. I managed to stop myself a few times along the way to take some photos and post a demo.

I set up to paint with more colors on my palette than usual in order to get the more highly saturated sunset colors.


As you can see above, I used a more expanded palette for this painting than usual. My color choices were:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Primrose
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Pyrrole Red
Quinacridone Magenta
Ultramarine Blue
Jenkins Green
Phthalo Blue
Carbon Black


When I paint on a small board like this 5×7″ Gessoboard above, it’s hard to hold it and paint edge to edge. I use “blu tack” and affix it to an 8×10″ board. Then I can hold the larger board and be able to paint all the way to the edges without getting paint on my fingers, or I can set it down on a little tabletop easel.

My computer monitor yields stronger, more accurate color and chroma than a printed out photo, so I like to set up like this for small works and paint right off the computer screen. I use the old telephone book on the right to wipe my brushes before rinsing. It’s a great way to conserve paper towels and simultaneously recycle and old phone book. When the page gets filled with paint, I just tear it off, toss it, and go to the next page.


When a painting has areas of light, highly saturated color, I always put that down first. That holds the chroma, and then I can paint into it. It’s a lot easier to dull down strong color than it is to get this kind of brilliance on top of a grey or dark color. You can see how I reserved all the areas of strong color here:


Once the base colors and values have been laid down, I can start painting into them, creating variation, adding details, and adjusting edges. From the step above, it isn’t a long way to the finish line:


3 Responses to “Magical Sunset and Demo”

Jamie- I got here from the painter’s keys. Very informative blog! Your work is wonderful! Thanks for your tips about Open Acrylics.

Hi Jamie – I do admire this sunset with a warm feeling. Thanks much for the varnish hints. What happen if you apply the varnish two weeks after you finished painting – not waiting the six months?

Nick, hi! Thanks so much for your kind comments. This particular painting is done with the Golden OPEN Acrylics, so it can have an isolation coat and be varnished within a month.

I know that many artists varnish oil paintings early. I always try to wait as long as possible. Of course it depends also on how thickly you paint. If you can easily dent the paint film with a fingernail, it’s too soon to varnish. Different problems can result depending on the mediums you used and the type of varnish. I’ve had paintings that never dried. I’ve got two in my studio that I varnished too soon. That was about three or four years ago and they are still tacky!

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