Monday, March 28, 2011

Bristol Sunset

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One day I was driving home from the studio, and just as I was getting on the Mt. Hope Bridge (which is a very pretty bridge - if you've never seen it) and I noticed a pattern of vivid light on the clouds over the sunset on my right.  Now.  I'm in the car, in a single line of cars, and there's no way I can stop and get a shot - so I opened the sunroof and wildly snapped my camera - with no idea if I was getting this wonderful light show.... and I was lucky.
So today, after a wonderful breakfast out with my husband, his mom and our daughter, feeling so happy and full of gratitude, I pulled up this photo and tried to do it justice.  It's in acrylic, and sometime I'd like to do one in oil as well, just to see the difference.  I did it while listening (at last) to the Artists Helping Artists radio show I missed on Thursday - "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints" - and boy, I wish I'd listened to it live - I have definite opinions on the good and bad ways to bring your paints, various easels, and getting your paintings home safely!!!  Check out this one, if you have plans to go plein air painting - which, if you're a painter, of course you should!!!!
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15 comments:

  1. This is such a great site! I like the way you set this up! Great content and images as well! Thanks for sharing this! Great art works!...Daniel

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  2. Beautiful sky, Kelley! And when you paint it again in oil, I want to see it. I have this image of you driving along shooting a pic out your sunroof, like a true artist! haha. Great job!

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  3. I love your story of getting the shot. I love that idea. I have been in the same situation so many times but have never thought to stick my camera out thought the sunroof. I will probably drop my camera.
    Great looking painting with terrific color.

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  4. I used to live under that bridge - if you're driving into Bristol, if you look to the left, there' s a white house perched near the water, that's where I lived! (It was part of a convent, of course!).

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  5. Kelley,
    This is beautiful. Wonderful colors and love the brushwork. Laughing along with everyone else about your picture taking method. True dedication and look what it got you! You need to teach painting these:)

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  6. I think my favorite thing is that as a painter we tend to see things others don't! And you have beautifully captured a memory for everyone to enjoy! Yummy!

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  7. What gorgeous light you've captured!! Beautiful! Loved that show too, did make me grateful I'm a watercolor painter:)

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  8. I liked this on fb and had to re-visit it. lovely sky and subtle color.

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  9. Been there, done that with the picture taking. Sometimes it works wonderfully if you survive the actual photo shot. Lovely painting.

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  10. Kelley, how masterfully you have painted this sky, Have you ever tried Alkyds? Love your impulse to catch those fleeting golden hour moments wish I could have seen the look on the guy in the car behind you:)

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  11. Great sunset! I need to get to the beach to do some of these! I like your photography method thru the sunroof I'll have to remember that as I usually just end up shooting it through the window!

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  12. I enjoy your story along with the painting!

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  13. Kelley...seriously if the lay person only knew how we risk our, and others, lives to get that perfect shot....well, I can only imagine. Lovely painting today...so peaceful.

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  14. The colors are spectacular---a great job at the easel. You are so very talented.

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