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Sunset Gazing on the Watcher


Sunset gazing on the Watcher - a small sunset study using mostly palette knife and thick oil paint

Sunset gazing on the Watcher     8x10ins.      Oil on Canvas         £250

This is the thickest oil paint I’ve used in a painting for a long time.  The main elements of the light were applied straight away with a palette knife and some of the mid-tones were too, and then after this I used some hogshair brushes to unify the whole image……and then more palette knife again to disturb the unity a bit, just like the real sky!  This was a very enjoyable work to paint.
The idea of the sky gazing (in turn) on the person observing it began to develop as I painted.
I love the thought that it might.

Oil paint has a sensuous quality to it that no other paint has, especially when used thickly. It really does have a life of its own which the artist is compelled to work with, not that this is a hardship.
Here is a section in close up (below)



Detail of above




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4 Responses to Sunset Gazing on the Watcher

  1. Lillian July 15, 2015 at 2:42 am #

    this is very cool, ken – & it’s great to see the detail!
    thanks you are so inspiring!

    • KenB July 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Oh thanks Lillian, I appreciate that. It’s good to hear from you. Best wishes to you and the animals!

  2. Jennifer Hochschild July 9, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Lovely painting and I am very impressed with the way you created light with the paint. Even in the close up the Suns light shows well. I’ve not been able to accomplish this yet, I’ve painted over and over on some works but I haven’t grasped this yet.

    • KenB July 10, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks Jennifer. I appreciate what you say. I think one of the difficulties lies in that “normal” painting begins with the darks and builds up from the shadows into a full toned image. In painting this kind of sky we’re probably best to reverse the process and start with the highlights and work back towards darkness. It’s a different way of working. I like to think of it as painting with light.