Sunsets don't make much of an appearance on this blog. I like sunsets a lot, and on my vacations I usually take a picture of each and every one. But I don't paint them. Way back when I took "Watercolor for Beginners" the instructor, who was a well respected portrait painter, said "Don't paint sunsets - they're trite and cliched". He should know, right? My second class was with a woman who told me not to paint boats - they were hard to draw and always looked amateurish. She should know, right? I'm no longer so sure about these absolutes pronounced by experts. Are sunsets really trite, or did he just have a hard time painting a credible one? Are boats hard to draw, or did she just have a difficult time with water reflections? Isn't it all subjective, and really shouldn't we get to paint what we like?
So when "Just add water, silly" chose sunsets as the theme for this month, I decided to make up my own mind about sunsets. I had a lot of pictures to choose from - this is Puerto Vallarta. I had fun doing this - choosing the colors, blending them. It made for an enjoyable afternoon and that's what it's all about, isn't it.
Watercolor paint in the HandBook sketchbook.