Here are two new paintings for 2011. Sunsets and sunrises are my favorite times of the day. Colour temperature is so extreme, with all the warms and cools mingling together, sun rays hitting at a low angle, sneaking trough threes and buildings creating what sometimes looks like a theater set. It can be cheesy and if it is, I am guilty and loving it.
Sunny Side Pavilion
I am trying to paint a bit looser and less tight, focusing on what I feel is the most important, omitting and simplifying what is not. Simplifying also helps since light and shadows change rapidly at sunsets, and chasing light can be very frustrating.
I have never noticed one before until the other day when I was out near lake Ontario. From about 3:30pm till the sunset, the sun pillar was visible, and intensifying as it was setting. It turns out that solar pillars are formed when sun is at a low angle and floating, plate shaped ice particles reflect the sun rays back down to ground. Pretty cool eh?!