About Sunset On The River


This is a scene on a local river. The photograph was captured just at the right time to take it back to the studio to begin work on the painting. The colours of the sky and reflections on the water make it beautiful and something I wanted to recreate in my own way.


I took a few attempts to get the background wash correct as there are quite a few different colours. A mix of reds, yellows and then the blues coming in higher up. There is a slight orange glow behind the silhouette of the distant bushes.

I then painted in the fields and the foreground water. The direction of the slight rippling in the water to the left draws your eye back to the setting sun.


I was considering adding more to this painting, such as wildlife or a boat but I felt that the colours and scene was enough by itself. To add more would have made it overcrowded.


This is an interesting painting of the river and is amazing how much light can change a location. I think in the future I will look to try and paint more of this area of natural beauty.


Acrylic on canvas. 12 x 8 inches. Completed 2019.

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Sunset On The River

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