The sunsets from our new place were amazing this summer! Well, it’s winter now yet the vibrant skies are still etched in my memory. I decided to do a series of small oil paintings based on photos taken from near our house in Prescott Valley. Most of the paintings feature Granite Mountain, a prominent landmark in the Prescott Area and a favorite hiking and biking place for many locals. We are fortunate to have this big view from our front yard, which is primarily in part to a large open field just one house down from us. Also, what makes our sunsets so great are the summer monsoon rains. The display of clouds and stray evening showers never stopped to amaze. Our two year old son Skyler became intrigued as well and would comment that the sun was going down as the day approached sunset time. So, I decided to do a number of 8×10 paintings to capture some of the best skies from last summer and focus on color and drama. All paintings are completed with a palette knife. I enjoyed the loose, free quality of the paint when using a palette knife, which resembles a mini cement trowel. As I set up the painting, I wanted to portray the mood of the sunset with contrast of colors and light. Here are the eight paintings from this series:
We are looking forward another round of summer sunsets next year!