Dusty Red Sunset (Day 4/30)

Dusty Red Sunset (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)
Dusty Red Sunset (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)

Amazing how things seem to come together at times. Last week I was working on a few RWB paintings in my lunch break down in London. Having had my family from South Africa around for most if August, I was thinking about Africa quite a lot – and feeling more than a little homesick. There are some memories that never leave you, no matter where you are in the world. For me, one that I miss the most is the sunsets. There’s a quality to the light that I’ve never seen anywhere else. I think it’s the dryness. The red earth seems to make a dust that gives the dying light the most amazing colour.

And with that comes the cooler air after a stiflingly hot day, and the sounds of birds gently setting for the night in the distance. As the daytime sounds quieten down, the insect sounds come to the fore. It’s a most wonderfully peaceful time of the day.

I never fail to feel nostalgic about my Africa evenings when I think about sitting quietly with friends and family enjoying the peaceful end to the day.

Here’s where the wonderful connections bit comes in. A couple of days ago I got an email via Running with Brushes from an old family friend who now lives in America. She asked me if I would do her an African sunset painting – I guess she feels exactly the same way I do.  I can completely relate to her wish for a painting of the image that bring such lovely memories. So today I have finished this and I’m hoping it evokes the wonderful African sunset feelings for her too.

And on top of that, there’s a little glimmer of possibility that I may have a business trip back to South Africa in the next month or so. Fingers crossed, I may get to sit and enjoy a sunset in Africa soon.

This is my Day 4 Painting of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.

4 thoughts on “Dusty Red Sunset (Day 4/30)

  1. Hi Vandy, this is super. Yes, fun to be doing a challenge (especially one I’m not hosting and organising….lol). So glad your RWB is working out.

  2. A lovely little landscape Vandy and your post narrative lovely too. Good luck in getting that business trip soon

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