Winter Sunset, After Rothko, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Winter Sunset, After Rothko, #30in30 Day One

Winter Sunset, After Rothko, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Winter Sunset, After Rothko, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I am participating in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge this month. This is my painting for day 1, which was January 1, but I just got a chance to scan and post it.

It’s actually the sunset reflected on the eastern horizon, but I guess it could be the western sky as well. It’s from memory, not from life or from a photo, but it’s something I visualized when I’d looked at the horizon at sunset out my back window, a clear cold cloudless sky and deep shadow in the valley below, and imagined it like two distinct color blocks, like a Rothko composition. It’s not copying Rothko, only inspired by studying his paintings and having read writings and heard interviews by his son. This is actually a figurative landscape, though to some it may appear abstract. I intend to work my way back to abstraction at some point.

I enjoy these challenges, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow, though I have no idea what it will be.

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