The commission was for a sunset on the ocean. As luck would have it, I love sunsets and have experienced and photographed dozens of them. Unlike most artists who accept commissions, I cannot paint something I have not seen. This pastel is a combination of about 4 photos I took in Zihuatenajo, Mexico during a magnificent sunset. (Remember the destination in Shawshank Redemption)? Anyway, I love color, the brighter, the better. After sketching in the basic shapes, I began with the brilliant sunset. Everything results from the sunset.
This pastel is finished, signed, framed and delivered. It is called "True Nature" for a number of important reasons. Because I used UArt 400 paper for this work, I was plagued with technical problems. Every time I work with this paper, I regret it. But, it is a terrific base for the pastels. Next time, though, I plan to work larger than this piece. It is 24" x 30" framed. A nice size, but to work larger, I will have to use plexiglass instead of glass to frame....and will have an entirely new set of issues. I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me.