‘Red-y or Not’ – Day 25/365 – R1900

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Let’s say I’ve dropped many an f-bomb over the colour red. In my acrylic painting trips around the sun, I’ve still not learnt to dance with red. I struggled to do the red dust and fading glow of this Kruger National Park Sunset justice (it was either always to red-y or not red enough), this is another case of ready or not. I wonder if the sun ever feels not ready, but rises anyway.

Sale Price of Original: R1900
(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

The red paint tubes in my box are the same two that I bought years ago when I started painting in acrylics.
Even in oils, I wasn’t a huge fan of red. It’s an aggressive colour to me. You need soooo little pigment and if you overdo it, well let’s say I’ve dropped many an f-bomb over the colour red. In my acrylic painting trips around the sun, I’ve still not learnt to dance with red. But I decided to give this dramatic scene a go because the person who photographed it is so encouraging to me, always. .
While I’m not sure I did the red dust and fading glow on the hills justice (it was either always to red-y or not red enough), this is another case of ready or not. :p I wonder if the sun ever feels not ready, but rises anyway.
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Got any tips for painting with red. What am I missing?
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Painting inspired by photography (with derivative work permission) of @geomaniac.rsa

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January 25, 2019

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