The June challenge on for Girls Just Wanna Paint was Value. As always, each artist is encouraged to interpret the theme as she sees fit. With Summer in full swing, it seems each night I am treated to another dazzling sunset show over Nantasket Beach. For this month’s painting I explored the color values in the sunset by using broader, more minimal brushstrokes. The result was a more abstract painting than my usual sunsets, but I think I like it. What do you think?
Brushstroke Sunset, 8″x10″, oil, by Pamela Copeman
excerpted from A Sunset
The sun at bay with splendid thrusts still keeps the sullen fold;
And momently at distance sets, as a cupola of gold,
The thatched roof of a cot a-glance;
Or on the blurred horizon joins his battle with the haze;
Or pools the blooming fields about with inter-isolate blaze,
Great moveless meres of radiance.
All vanishes! The Sun, from topmost heaven precipitated,
Like a globe of iron which is tossed back fiery red
Into the furnace stirred to fume,
Shocking the cloudy surges, plashed from its impetuous ire,
Even to the zenith spattereth in a flecking scud of fire
The vaporous and inflamèd spaume.
O contemplate the heavens! Whenas the vein-drawn day dies pale,
In every season, every place, gaze through their every veil?
With love that has not speech for need!
Beneath their solemn beauty is a mystery infinite:
If winter hue them like a pall, or if the summer night
Fantasy them starre brede.
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