Friday, November 28, 2008

Tropical Sunset

12 x 16
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This painting was a little harder than I thought it would be--as usual! The sunset was so beautiful and I really had a difficult time capturing it. Wouldn't it be great to see this scene every evening? If that was the case, would one take it for granted?????

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had our usual family gathering with lots of good food and of course lots of love, we have so much to be thankful for.


Suzanne said...

A very lovely sunset. I do think we would take it for granted if it was there permanently.
I read once about a scrapbooker who photographed nearly every sunset.
I dont know if she could ever scrapbook that many photos but she made a point to scrapbook the sunset on each of her childrens birthdays.
Hope you have a good weekend.

Paz said...

You did a great job reproducing the scene. I could stare at your painting forever. Glad to read that you had a good Thanksgiving.


Gina said...

Just beautiful've captured it very pleased to hear you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday :D

Bill Guffey said...

Nice one Rhonda. Glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving. My wife and I were so happy to meet you at the opening reception at The Gallery at 916 a few weeks ago. Nice collection of work.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Hi Rhonda,
I enjoy your artwork and your blog so I've tagged you! Please see my website for more details.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Hi Rhonda, Another beautiful painting. I wouldnt mind sitting with a lovely fruity cocktail watching that view. The painting makes me feel I could actually be there, its wonderful. Regarding roasting brussel sprouts I mentioned on my blog, I saw The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) do it on one of her cookery programmes and I havnt cooked them any other way since. Roasting retains their colour and slight al dente texture, so unlike the hideous 'boiled to within an inch of their life' sprouts that my mother cooked. Eww! X

Rhonda said...

Hi Suzanne,

What a great idea to scrapbook the sunsets on her children's birthdays!

Hi Paz,

Glad you feel that way about the painting--have a great week!

Hello Gina,

Thanks so much, I always get nervous about a painting and want to keep on changing a little here, a little there. . .

Hi Bill,

I enjoyed meeting you and your wife also. That's part of the fun isn't it, meeting fellow artists and art lovers.

Hello Joan,

I've visited your site "for details" and of course to see your art, very nice!! I can really relate to some of your responses, I do the same thing when starting a new painting--clean the attic, the basement, the garage. . . I'll have to think about my responses before posting.

Hi Kitten,

Thanks you so much, I would love to see the ocean on a daily basis with a beautiful sunset too.

Yes those brussel sprouts looked lovely, but I'm a country girl and I've never seen them like that--amazing. I'm going to have to start going to the farmers market.

Michelle said...

I love your sunset. I am currently trying to paint a sunset landscape as well and it is much harder than I thought also. I never thought I would use cadmium colors practically straight out of the tube! Yours has turned out nicely!

Sylvia Jenstad said...

Wow! beautiful... just beautiful

Rhonda said...

Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much, I kept going back and making it brighter and brighter. I really had trouble getting that yellow glow and yes I just about used pure tube colors which is unusual for me.

Hello Sylvia,

Thank you so much, I stepped out of my comfort zone on this one.

magicpolaroid said...

Hi Rhonda, Im back here again, congrats for another beautiful painting! luv this sunset!

Rhonda said...

Hi Luis,

I'm so glad you're back--thank you very much!

Marian Fortunati said...

Verrryyy nice!!... love the oranges in the water!

Pat said...

Hi Rhonda
Your painting is wonderful! I thought it was a photograph at first. What a gorgeous sunset.
Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!
Hugs, Pat

Rhonda said...

Hi Marian,

Thanks so much, I like the orange too but I had trouble getting it bright enough. I visited your site and got caught up--wish I could take a class from Johanna, I'll bet you learn a lot.

Hello Pat,

I'll bet you are getting ready for your grandson. . .counting down! Thanks for your comments, I'm working on more paintings for you to name.