Every picture has it's own story. So does this one. At this time of year the skies over Malta are filled with fabulous cloud formations, and sunsets are really eye-catching. I was on my way out to a favourite painting spot when I took a detour and ended up here, a craggy overlook on a beautiful deep-blue bay. As with most scenics here, the challenge is to moderate one's palette, and not to go too saturated straight off the bat. Colours in the Mediterranean are so rich anyway, that a painting can quickly become a glorious out-of-control fruit salad. But it was tough to do with this scene....the water at my feet was an incredible inky-black indigo, all sorts of warm neutrals in the rocks, the peninsula on the horizon was a brilliant yellow-orange dash in the setting sun, and all of that was reflected in impossibly brilliant yellow-mauve clouds floating like big globs of vanilla ice cream in the sky. To top it all off, the line of horizon clouds were pinks and flesh tones...I was looking at a veritable mango-banana fruit salad!
The sun was going down, and I had to paint faster than I ever had before...this painting was done in less than an hour.
And that's not the end of the story...to top it off, this theatrical performance was accompanied by an Italian couple who were having a loud and diva-like make-up/break-up a stone's throw from where I was painting....Luckily, just as I finished my piece, they seemed to have made up as they were locked in a dramaticRomeo/Juliet embrace.
So a theatrical performance on all sides, with happy endings all around! The title of this painting is 'Mistra Sunset' but I almost called it 'Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo!'...
'Mistra Sunset' - 46 x 47 cm, oil on canvas.