The photograph that the client sent had a very large bright sun but the colors of the land, sea and clouds were gray and black against the bright light. Have you ever had that happen when you've taken a photo at sunset?
She asked if I could put more color into the painting. Of course, I said yes, because that is what I would do anyway!
Once the sky has color, I start on the land forms. Those that are farther away are paler and more muted. The closer promontory on the right has warmer and darker color. This makes it appear closer.
Next I add a wash of color to the water. I use a cooler blue near the farther mountains and a warmer turquoise up close, leaving white for the sun reflection:
Once all the wave details are done, I go back to adjust the clouds, the values of the mountains, and anything else that needs a touch-up. And now the painting is complete! A colorful sunset from the Caribbean.
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