Monday, April 28, 2008

Resisting Kitsch - Or Not

I have stayed away from sunsets for the first twenty years as a painter, in order to avoid kitsch.
This one is my second ever and the first one I like. I think it works, probably because I simplified a lot, which is always a good idea. Or maybe it is because I just finished it!
I had been painting the whole day today, first blocking in a portrait for a commission I have been putting off, then finishing a seascape, also commissioned and finally, even though I was tired, I felt like doing something fast and fresh before quitting. I had a lot of color on my palette and a previously stretched 15"x15" linen ready to go. A couple of years ago I had painted at this location but resisted the sunset. Now the photograph of it was exactly what I was looking for.


sandy said...

God...this is beautiful.!!

I'm behind here due to family stuff going on.

I love this painting.


Ilse T.Hable said...

Hi Sandy, you are back! Thanks for being so positive and supportive! Hope to see more of your spoons soon(family stuff allowing!).

The Crusty Crone said...

Hi! I've been following your blog for a couple of weeks. (I think I got the link from Sandy's place. In fact, I'm pretty sure I did.)

Great sunset. I LOVE how you captured the color reflecting off the water. Anyone who's spent time watching the sun set over the ocean will, no doubt, say "She's got it!! By Jove, she's really got it!"

I enjoy all your paintings.

Ilse T.Hable said...

Thank you so much, Crusty Crone!