Size: 10 and 1/2 by 11 inches
This piece portrays some clouds floating over some hills, done in water-based oil paints.
For this assignment, I was supposed to paint an "interesting" sky and take notes on a sunset. Painting the clouds was fun, but taking notes on the sunset was definitely the highlight of this assignment.
I don't think any painting could properly portray a sunset. A sunset isn't just a palette of colors, it's an experience. The colors don't stay quite the same for any more than a second or two. Creamy oranges shift to golden oranges which change into redder tones as the blue parts of the sky bleach pale and clouds hover between lavender and peach. Birds' voices drop out one by one, and the air grows chilly as the sun drops behind the horizon. There's just too much to show in a single frame.
For my notes (done in watercolor), I barely had time to throw down a splash of paint before I would notice a shift in some part of the sky and want to capture that too. It was a rushed process, and I loved it. I was kind of surprised how many colors I ended up with in the notes, though. I was expecting maybe some oranges and blues, but there was far more than just two colors in the sky. :)