Back in 2013, I started painting regularly. I watched Bob Ross on PBS every day while I ate my lunch. I was in awe of the way he made a canvas pop in just a half an hour show. I then went out in my garage and tried to replicate what I saw him do. Though I never really was able to master the paint brush like he did, I learned enough to create my own style of painting. I loved experimenting with paint and colors to see what I could come up with. This is one of those paintings. I was pleasantly surprised that some people actually enjoyed my work. Painting was as almost as gratifying as writing poetry!!
My friend Vera from Barbados asked me to paint her a large tropical sunset for her bedroom wall. Her walls are a light shade of lavender so she wanted a lot of purple in the painting. The first painting I tried did not come together. It was over painted and turned into a jungle. So I took it off and started with a fresh canvas.
This time I went back to Bob Ross principles of painting. I put the colors in the sky and ocean and waited for the colors to set in a little, then used cream latex paint to blend all the colors using a wide sponge brush. I left it dry a day.
Some artists don’t like their customer to see their work until it is finished, but the next day Vera came by and saw what I was doing. I told her I was going to go back and add more definition and some more color to the sky and ocean, but she said, “No, I like it just the way it is. Just add in the palm branches and some flower on the other side.” So I did, and it came out just the way she wanted! She was happy and I learned that sometimes less is more when it comes to painting!