An endless source of inspiration for poets, painters, and romantics of all stripes, sunrises and sunsets have known positive psychological effects on observers. To capture these fleeting moments of color and drama, plein air painters must work quickly and home in succinctly on the stories they want to tell. The eight paintings showcased here provide a welcome excuse to hit the pause button on our day and relish the sun’s glorious effects as it rises or descends over the landscape.
On “Sunset Glow at the Weir” above: “Made to catch herring, this weir includes 30-foot-plus sheets of netting, which are mostly underwater at high tide,” says Poppy Balser. “I like painting weirs because the sheer netting and poles offer intriguing compositions. The building of weirs is also a vanishing practice, and I want to document them while I still can. I painted this sunset scene at low tide during the 2019 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, where it received the Best in Show award.”
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