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06-08-2012, 07:13 PM


Title: Sunset, CN Tower
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 32 inches x 48 inches
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This scene is a sunset over Toronto's CN Tower, as seen from Whitby, Ontario. Didn't get the blue balance quite correct--upper clouds are more grey-purple.


06-09-2012, 05:09 AM
You make painting look simple with this piece. Just some forms and colours and - bang! - here's a sunset over Toronto's tower ....! Light and shadow in high contrast. It works. The stratification does work as well: water - land with tower - horizon - several layers of clouds. It gives a lot of depth.
The colour of the sky could perhaps be more present in the colour of the water.
Your painting is absolutely beautiful.

06-09-2012, 07:29 AM
fascinating treatment with the speckled sea against the wonderfully randomized cloud forms. For me the yellow "god rays" are coming in too bright and ending too abruptly on their left and right sides. Particularly on the right, the translation to horizontal forms seems off. The overall colors are daring but don't quite work for me which could be (a) just me or (b) bad translation from painting to camera to web or (c) don't quite work. If I was going to hang something of this in my house, I'd pick the detail which does its work more quietly but I bet I'm in the minority on that one.

06-09-2012, 03:55 PM
The rays don't bother me in this. What does bother me is the color harmony between the turquoise water and blue/ orange sky. I'd add some touch of each to the other to balance that out some more. Other than that it's a nice painting.

06-10-2012, 08:59 AM
Agree with CW one must reflect the other, and I'd tamp down the pattern in the water a bit because that sky is the show! Nicely done :)

06-11-2012, 04:38 PM

Posting a view of the piece in my studio that shows the purple-grey cloud colours better and the colouration of the water.

Lunchbox: As soon as someone says "must" to this independently-minded artist, you lose me. I've made a career out of breaking rules--and I encourage it constantly with my students. But: I will take total issue with the statement you agree with from CW: "What does bother me is the color harmony between the turquoise water and blue/ orange sky." Like there "must be harmony" between the colours. I did a series of 40 paintings back in the 1980s of sky and water only (my "Lake Ontario Suite" series of works)--painted from many hundreds of photos I shot of the lake. And in many of them, there is no traditional "harmony between the colouration of sky and water"--see here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.406669741078.194772.542151078&type=3&l=e9546eb955

Coen: Thanks!I appreciate your enthusiasm for the piece.

Bob: This is much as the reference, but a bit more dramatic. Hopefully my pic in this post gives you a better sense of the painting.

06-12-2012, 04:14 AM
I think posting the image of this work on the easel provides the necessary perspective. When I looked at the first image I was trying to push the ailerons down! LOL Last image tho gave me what I needed to know you had nailed it (as those Americans like to say! :D )

06-13-2012, 01:52 PM
Hey Sys: Much appreciated that you suss what I've done! Cheers!

06-14-2012, 12:26 PM
The colors are more true I believe in this last photo and indeed they do bounce. :)

06-14-2012, 01:04 PM
Thanks, CW, yeah, much happier with how the painting on the easel shows the colours and contrasts!

And, for anybody in the Southern Ontario region: