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Sunset paintings. A celebration of the colour and light at sunset.

Painting sunset and sunrise confronts an artist with the widest range of colour, tone and light of any subject  in the natural world.

The symbolism associated with light, colour and the sun itself run through every core belief of our species and make the act of painting these subjects much more than a technical exercise

Oil painting of sunrise - Sunrise 17th May

Sunrise 17th May   8x10ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                             250

Dawn 15th May

Dawn 15th May   8x10ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                           250

Sunset Study 6

Sunset Study 6   8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                                 250

Sunset over Tayport

Sunset over Tayport   8x12ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                           275

Colour Study - Sunset

Colour Study - Sunset   8x10ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                  250

Nocturne River Tay

River Tay Nocturne   11x19ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                         450

Sunset in June

Sunset in June 18x24ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                                  850

Dawn Study 8

Dawn Study 8   8x10ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                                Sold

Sunset Study 4

Sunset Study 4    8x10ins.     Oil on linen                                                                 Sold

Dawn Seascape Composition b

Dawn Seascape Composition 8x10ins.     Oil on Canvas                                             190

Red and Gold Sunset  Sky painting.

Red and Gold Sunset  18x24ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                        Sold

Sunrise in October 2

Sunrise in October   8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                           Sold

The intricate “landscape” of clouds and light that draws our gaze to the horizon of the morning sky.


Sunset over the Tay . Oil painting of sunset colours over the Tay

Sunset over the Tay    8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                       Sold

.....the glowing trails are probably much higher and closer to the sun than the main clouds and much further away.

Sunset  and light painting. Light for the River

Light for the River    20x30ins     Oil on gesso        Sky Painting                                   Sold

January Sunset 2

January Sunset   8x10ins.    Oil on Canvas                                                          Sold  

I could paint every sunset. It’s not a complicated ambition.

Yelow Dawn. Painting of sunrise

Yellow Dawn  Outdoor oil painting on canvas  6x7inches                                             Sold

Oil painting of Lunar Eclipse over the sea.

Lunar Eclipse  10x12ins. Oil on Canvas                                                                      250

...the moon went through a series of fantastic variations of colours and eventually transformed itself into a dark brooding opal that seemed to last..


Setting Sun  45x60cms. (approx 18x24ins.)  Oil on Canvas                                      Sold was developed in stages after this..... ......aiming at each stage to keep a high luminosity.


Sunrise Through Mist. Oil painting of sunrise sky and mist

Sunrise Through Mist    Oil on Canvas  45x60cm  (approx. 18x24ins.)                          Sold

Sunset from Fisher Street, Broughty Ferry - Oil painting of sunset

Sunset from Fisher Street 50 x60cm (approx. 20x24ins.)  Oil on Canvas                         Sold

“...what might be seen out of a good window on a good day..”

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Sunset 3  oil painting of sunset over hills in Fife

Sunset 3 - 8x10ins. Oil painting on Canvas                                                                190

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First Light on the Tay 11x19ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                         Sold

... the sun rose through morning clouds illuminating them in a brief blaze of colour.


Contemporary landscape art - View of a Sunset  - Oil painting on Canvas

View of a Sunset   Oil painting on Canvas   45x60cm (approx. 17.5x24ins)                     Sold

“....Come watch with me the shaft of fire that glows
    In yonder West; the fair, frail palaces....”
Thomas Bailey Aldrich


Sunset colour study. Oil painting on canvas

Songs for a Summons     30x40cm  (approx. 10x12ins.)  Oil on canvas                        Sold

Painted thinly at first on an oil primed canvas to keep the first colours bright and luminous and to show the brushmarks clearly.....more 

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Tentsmuir Beach 10x12ins.   Oil on Canvas                                                              Sold

A painting composed of the geometry of light and the pattern of clouds and, I hope, very little else....


Sunset oil painting - Barry Hill

Barry Hill 30 x36ins     Oil on Canvas                                                            Commission    


Oil Painting of Dawn from Broughty Ferry Castle

North Sea Dawn   8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                             

An outdoor painting of the sunrise from my favourite spot - an elevated grassy bank round the back of Broughty Castle looking out to the North Sea.......


Dawn painting of colour and light at sunrise

“The Dimming of the Day” 20x24ins.  Oil on Canvas                                               Sold

When all my will is gone you hold me sway
I need you at the dimming of the day - Richard & Linda Thompson


Study for Elemental Sunset  - Oil sketch of Sunset

Study for Elemental Sunset  8x10ins.  Oil on Canvas                                                Sold

Playing with fire again...


The low angle of the sun at sunrise and sunset batter the observer with the greatest range of colours and tones that can be seen by human eyes. No other subject comes close, and attempting to paint it is a massive challenge to the observational skills and the technique of an artist.

Sunshine of the Light of Letters

The Sunshine of the Light of Letters  24x26ins  Oil on Canvas                                Sold

“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” - Walt Whitman


Oil Sketch of Dawn on the 11th September 2009

Oil Study for Dawn 11th September    8x10ins.   Oil on Canvas                                 Sold

With permission, I quote from the new owner of this work......

“How interesting that an intimate window has such a vast impact.  One might suppose that to communicate a deep-breath kind of landscape experience, a canvas would have to be physically large, encompassing peripheral vision.  This vast image proves that untrue; a huge space isn't dependant upon large canvas dimensions.”



Sunrise over the Tay   20x22ins. Oil on Canvas 

The East coast of Scotland gives an onlooker the chance to see superb sunrises with every colour of the rainbow and seemingly every colour harmony possible.


Sunset colours - Light in clouds at Sunset oil sketch

Rain Shower - Sunset 2  10x12ins.     

One of two studies taken from quick aquarelle pencil sketches of a thin raincloud highlighted by the setting sun


Red Cloud - Sky painting of Sunset

Red Cloud 10x11ins.                              

I built up the colour of the cloud, layer by layer in an effort to make it glow like it would in build up a depth that one feels one is looking into rather than just glancing at the surface.


Small oil painting of dawn at sea

Dawn study 5  6x7ins Oil on Canvas    

Oil painting of suns rays - Breaking through

Breaking Through   10x12ins.               

I’ve always been drawn to skies like this the atmosphere triangulates the position of the sun behind the main clouds.


Modern Art Landscape - colours of evening sky

Dawn Study  6x7ins. Oil on Canvas   

Painting the sun is an aspirational thing for me ever since I was told in my secondary school that “No artist has ever painted the sun”

This rather global statement was followed by the more practical observation that “It’s too bright”

This intrigued me at the time and has done ever since.

The Malvern Hills - Oil painting of red sunset