Abstract Sunsets

My post this week takes a look at three different sunsets that I created using an abstract approach to the subject matter with an impasto style of brush strokes. There are two things going on with these prints. First, I created the scene by making general shapes in various shades of color for the clouds and ocean. Next, I took those creations and did an impasto style of brush strokes. This type of brush stroke is bold and creates depth to the painting.

“Carlsbad Sunset”

In this first one I stayed in the orange and yellow family for color. I also added a coastline for the foreground. Carlsbad Sunset is based on a dramatic sunset over the Pacific Ocean in Northern San Diego County. The view point is a hilltop a few miles inland overlooking the ocean.

“Dusk on the Coast”

This second one represents a colorful sunset again based on an actual sunset in Northern San Diego County. The general viewpoint of both is the type of view we had from our house in San Diego County. What makes these prints even more impressive is that in the 18 years we lived there, these were some of the few colorful sunsets we had. Living close to the coast in this part of Southern California does have its advantages in moderate temperatures year round typically not getting either real hot or cold. That said, the ocean keeps the air temperature moderate, but also does create what is called a marine layer (low level clouds that are close to being fog if they were to get lower). Dramatic sunsets require high level clouds to reflect the colors from the setting sun and a marine layer blocks all of that.

“Cloudy Ocean Sunset”

This last abstract sunset is based on a look I saw from a Northern California coastal beach that had actual fog roll in just as the sun was setting. It created unique colors through the fog that I took into the blue and purple color family to make this a unique abstract print.


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32 thoughts on “Abstract Sunsets

  1. Ryan Callahan

    Beautiful, Kirt! When I saw these, I thought about the miracle God did for you where that guy tried to punch you, but he crushed his hand in mid air instead. God is so amazing! God bless!

  2. D. Wallace Peach

    I live with that foggy northern Pacific oceanscape. That once captured the mood and “mystical” feel well. My favorite, however, is the first. I love those bold streaks of gold. All of them are beautiful, and it was fun to think about the scenes that inspired them.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback. I had fun with these as you can be more liberal in your presentation when working with an abstract approach! Oregon for you, correct? Love that state!!

  3. Nancy

    Awesome paintings! Each technique is so enjoyable. I do love the first one! It’s bright oranges and yellows draw me in.
    Have a great day Kirt!

  4. Sue Slaght

    What a fascinating technique Kirt. I can totally see how it gives the art more depth. The third one with its soothing purples and blues makes me feel more peaceful just looking at it.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, especially since I know abstract isn’t one of your favorites.😀Slowly but surely I’m getting you there. 😀 on a serious note…I truly do appreciate your feedback! Hope all is well with you and your family!!

  5. Tiffany Mendonca

    These are absolutely beautiful prints! I love that these started out of regular photos and you made them into amazing brush stroke art work! I also love the color schemes you used with each, with keeping with their original look.


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