Earlier this year I painted a giant 40″ x 27″ Mussenden Temple sunset view. I immediately got a request for another one and at the time I’d been torn between two reference images. So I jumped at the chance to paint the second one. I cropped it to a panorama, so this one is 40″ x 17″. Hope you enjoy the progress! I’ve waited on a particularly wet Spanish day to write this..
The finished painting, 40″ x 17″ soft pastel on velour
I begin by backing my giant sheet of velour pastel paper on self adhesive mount board. This firms it up and I use the extra tacky foam board, the type that cannot be removed. I also don’t have an easel that can support a piece this big so instead I taped it to the wall. I’m thinking it’s a bit healthier to stand for the odd painting too. I spend too much time sitting!
The weather here in Spain has turned to Autumn and some days we have rain! It’s been a while since we saw that so the dogs take the opportunity to cosy up with me in the studio while I work. All three get along pretty well now, they definitely appreciate eachothers’ body heat in the cooler weather!
I continue the cloud effect across the sky. Laying down dark colours first and plotting out where the clouds go. It’s important for the sense of perspective in this to create a nice fan around the sky bursting from the middle.
The temple is a building I’ve painted three times now. Usually in photographs with the temple at the outer edges of the photo, it tends to look a bit warped due to the lens. I try to straighten things out a little in my initial sketch.
The sea is an area I find extremely confusing so I tent to hop over on this foreground area any time I need a break. I don’t find any of these paintings easy, so much time is spent standing thinking as well as hands on painting time. But I try to be kind to myself and take breaks from difficult areas.
A picture of the finished piece for a sense of scale. Many thanks for following the progression! I didn’t film this one as I filmed the Mussenden painting from earlier in the year. If you would like to see how I painted that sunset in video form check out my Youtube channel. For the full length sunset tutorial and lots more visit me on Patreon..