View Full Version : Sunset over the water

11-26-2009, 06:51 PM
Hi all. Here's one I painted last week. 11 X 14 acrylic.

C & C welcome!


11-26-2009, 08:49 PM
Hi Betty,
that is a lovley painting, the palette I find most appealing and of course my first love , the ocean.

11-26-2009, 09:07 PM
Hi Jane,

Thank you so much! I love the ocean too. I have been using just the three primary colors in my paintings lately, and I do like the effect. For this one I used burnt sienna, cad yellow medium and ultramarine blue.


Fulano de Tal
11-26-2009, 10:01 PM
Beautiful movement in the water. I have a hunch the painting has more dark tones than show in the photo, as it only has mid-to-light values. If not, it needs some darker tones. Oh, and keep that horizon level. I photoshopped it to darken it.


11-27-2009, 12:37 AM
Hi Betty,

The waves are very nicely done - good sense of movement in the image, and a nice touch with the spray on the closest wave.

11-27-2009, 05:28 AM
lovely sky colors. breaking wave is nicely done.

11-27-2009, 08:20 AM
This is so nice Betty....lovely mouvement and colours :thumbsup:
Wish I was sitting on a big rock right now !!

11-27-2009, 03:59 PM
Very Nice Betty, you do have to be very careful with the yellows and oranges to avoid unintentional greens. The size and positions of waves and rocks are nice, and overall the painting has captured the great feeling of a sunset at the beach.

Marty C
11-27-2009, 06:55 PM
Good job, Betty. The piece would benefit from lower foreground values. The value scale is pretty much the same from foreground to background. Lower foreground values will help promote depth and distance.

11-27-2009, 08:11 PM
Thanks you so much for looking and commenting on my painting. I really appreciate it.

Fulano de Tal - Your photoshopped version actually looks more like the actual painting, and the horizon in reality is level. Doesn't say much for my photography skills, does it? :o

John - Glad you liked that little spray on the wave. I struggled with that darn wave.

Randall - So glad you liked the sky and the wave.

Linda - Thanks so much. I'd like to join you on that rock.

Brian - I'll have to watch those yellows. Thanks.

Marty - The photoshopped version done by Fulano de Tal is really more like the painting.

Lots of good thoughts - thank you all! :clap:

11-27-2009, 09:16 PM
Wonderful painting Betty.


11-28-2009, 08:13 AM
Beautiful fresh looking painting reminds me of a watercolour with the soft subtle colours that show so much light through the paper. I love the atmosphere it creates too, reminds me of a Spring time breezy day down on the beach.

11-28-2009, 10:51 AM
Lovely work, Betty. Love the colors in both the water and sky.

11-28-2009, 11:12 AM
Brian, Skyenorth, and Ron -

Thank you all so much for looking and for the nice words!


11-29-2009, 06:03 AM
Hi Betty .....I absolutely love those colours you have used .....beautiful painting .... very uplifting!

11-29-2009, 06:56 PM
Hi Anne,

Excuse me if you get this twice. I don't know what happened to my original reply.

But I thank you so much for your nice comments. I have been using just primary colors and white for my last half dozen or so paintings. It is challenging, but fun, and I have been pleased with the results.


12-01-2009, 09:45 PM
Very nice painting Betty, great movement of the waves .May be as Marty suggested the front wave could be a bit darker , but it is difficult to see on the photo. For the horizon i'm sure it is bended by the camera lense.
I like it

12-04-2009, 04:08 PM
A beautiful painting Betty, love the colours you have used.

12-06-2009, 07:26 PM
Robert - Actually the horizon line is really straight--I'm just not a very good photographer. :o Thanks for looking.

Paul - Thanks so much. I'm glad you like the colors.