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

Winter Sunset, After Rothko

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

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 participated in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge in January 2017. This was my painting for day 1, which was January 1. Read my wrap-up of all my paintings from this painting challenge.

See all the art from this and other painting challenges on Creative Challenges.

See other landscapes in my gallery of Landscape Artwork and also see other winter paintings in my exhibit Winter White, and trail artwork from my annual Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail

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