Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sunset with Red Barn

My first oil painting teacher admonished that artists should never paint sunsets or red barns because they were trite subject matter, but I decided to be a rebel today and paint both. Yeah, felt good! Silly rules.


  1. This is gorgeous! And I have to say, barns and sunsets are some of the most beautiful subjects, so who cares what the teacher said!

  2. Thanks! I agree. In watercolor especially, I think it's important to learn the rules and then break them with impunity!

  3. Good for you! How can art have rules about what not to paint? That IS pretty silly. I think this is a lovely painting.

  4. Love the color and peek-a-boo sunset. And your teacher's admonishment reminds me of something I read just this morning:

    "Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before."
    -- Edith Wharton

    I know little or nothing about Edith Wharton but it's refreshing to read something like that from someone famous.
    I don't know who said it, but ain't there another one that goes like this: "Rules were made to be broken."?

    Good for you.

  5. Thank you so much for your comments, Melisa and Al. I should have added that my teacher was an amazing artist and teacher. I think she probably would have also said that rules in painting are to be learned first, and then broken. Al, I enjoyed the quote. I just googled Wharton and it seems she was a strong woman, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and someone who was very accomplished at breaking the rules. ;)

  6. Stunning handling of light! Love this! <3