On the Easel: Mt Tamborine Sunset, April 2020

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(My “On the Easel” posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn). 

Dan Scott, Mt Tamborine Sunset, 2020, 1200W
Dan Scott, Mt Tamborine Sunset, 2020

Reference Photo

Mt Tamborine Sunset, Reference Photo

You can download the photo here. Feel free to paint it for yourself.

Details

  • Oil on stretched canvas. 16 x 20 inches.
  • Main colors: Ultramarine blue, permanent alizarin crimson, cadmium red, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow deep, viridian green, raw umber, titanium white.

Refer to my supplies list for more details on what I use.

Progress Shots

Mt Tamborine Sunset WIP (2)
Mt Tamborine Sunset WIP (1)
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Dan Scott, Mt Tamborine Sunset, 2020, 700W
Dan Scott, Mt Tamborine Sunset, 2020

Notes

  • I typically have an end-purpose in mind when I start a painting. A tutorial, commission, exhibition, etc. But not for this painting. It can be refreshing to pick up a brush and not worry about how it will turn out.
  • It has been some time since I painted a sunset like this. This is a mistake. As Jeremy Mann put it in this video, you should keep doing what you enjoy doing, and stop doing what you don’t.
  • I started fast and finished slow. A reliable approach.
  • The painting is simple. Most of my attention was aimed at the sunset. Everything else took a backseat.
  • I painted wet-on-wet (alla prima) over two days. If possible, I try to finish a painting whilst the paint is still wet. If I have a few-day break and the paint drys, it is difficult to continue the wet-on-wet look.

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Happy painting!

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Dan Scott

3 comments on “On the Easel: Mt Tamborine Sunset, April 2020”

  1. Hi. I know this exact scene. It is the hang gliding launch site on Mt Tamborine and I used to launch my hang glider off there

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  2. In one of your tutorials, you show your your smart phone suspended next your canvas in some sort of a brace. Can you tell me where I might purchase one…and what name should be ascribed to it.
    Thanks,
    JC

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