|Sunset Composition, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches|
Sometimes you just want to do a painting again in a larger version. The painting below, Just After the Sun has Set, was a study for the 30 x 40 oil above, Sunset Composition, For this new oil, the focus is on the warmer tones and the dark contrasts, so the blues in the clouds were left out.
|Just After the Sun Has Set|
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Private collection, San Marcos, Texas
Saks Galleries, Denver
More about this oil on Ken's blog, For the Color
The larger painting and the more focused crop deals with a narrower range of colors, making the dark trees are more dramatic. This combination sets up the glowing sky and the elements behind the trees nicely and without the use of stronger colors.
The larger oil is more about the compositional elements rather than a bright sunset. Compared to the study, more time has passed after the sunset and the subtleties of the colors become more apparent. Going about the oil in a softer approach was a bit like using a standard, rather than an electric guitar to play a song... not as forceful, but both make for good performances.