65 cm x 50 cm, oil paints on cotton canvas.
Date produced: While living at West Beach, after my first exhibition (1984-1986).
After sunset, towards the east, a clear sky will show a spectrum of colours in the sky. The spectrum starts off being reasonably intense but with narrow bands of colour. As time goes by, the bands widen, and the intensity diminishes. The same effect occurs before sunrise, but in reverse order, and in the western sky. I feel a soothing, relaxing impact from watching and feeling the soft, gently changing colours.
With this painting, Ive concentrated on recording the colour and tone in the sky as accurately and as quickly as possible. The painting was carried out over about seven or eight evenings. The line of trees and the green lawn of the oval are important for providing context for the tones in the sky.
Painted on-site from the Barratt Reserve Oval, at West Beach.