House in the evening sky

Beguiling Sky


Painting of a house in an evening sky to keep colourful memories of the merry past…

Painting house in the evening sky.

I was recently commissioned to paint this house. It belongs to a couple who lives in that place. For many years it was a cosy nest for the family, place to raise the children, however, as the children have grown up and left the nest, the house became too big and so now the owners are about to sell it.

Concept Sketch

The house in the evening - colour concept for the painting.
The colour concept for the painting.

As the house is made out of dark red bricks it would be best portrayed in the evening sky, surrounded by an intensive blue and orange glare… with the last rays of sunshine flickering from behind the roof.

There are two big windows in the fascia of the house revealing the inside of the living room and the kitchen. It looks really interesting when the light is on inside those rooms, spreading out warm, orange light onto the garden, leaving gleams of yellow and orange on rocks, plants and the grass – blue-green now as the evening approaches. All those colours together: brick-red, orange and yellow, green-blue and the inky sky, create contrast and amazing atmosphere…

I want to focus on the sky. I envisage it to be painted as a gradient of colours ranging from pale yellow and orange through lilac, white-cerulean, violet to an inky blue. I had this photo to help me with the colours:

Evening Sky
Evening Sky – Colour Reference

My first layer of paint was cadmium yellow. I have completely covered the whole sky with that colour.
In the place where the rays of sunshine meant to shine through, I would paint in the brightest of the yellow, nearly white.

To achieve the sun glare effect I am spreading white/yellow paint, squeezed directly from the tube, and rub it vigorously with a dry brush. The brush has a very rough bristle. It is important the brush is completely dry so did not touch the water. This method leaves a soft, mist-like effect on the canvas. That will be the sun glare.
Notice that, when we look at a very bright light, the edges of objects obscuring the light disappear. Light takes over, spills like water.

Painting The Glare

The slates of the roof would reflect some colours of the sky, so there, I am adding patches of pink, violet, purple…

When my first layer of the yellow/orange colour which I used to paint the sky is completely dry, I can now overpaint it with the blue. One has to mind here that, the blue will show blue only when the layer of yellow is thoroughly dry. If the yellow wasn’t dry, what colour would I get? Green, of course! Brrr…

The blue is a mixture of cerulean, transparent white (mixing white) and a glazing medium. Glazing medium adds brilliance to the colour without losing transparency, it helps the paint to dry quickly which is great for rapid layering. It also adds viscosity to paint so the brush strokes are invisible hence, the glazing, like on the cake… 😀

Glazing Blue

I wanted to accentuate the colourful clouds in the sky to capture their movement and changing hues. To achieve that, I have added lines of gloss paint to mark the clouds’ edges, rays of the sun and the transition from blue to orange. Those long and short, vigorous gloss line stokes, evoke the feeling of the air flowing, of a gentle breeze.

Distracting Colours

I thought that the picture was finished at that point. However, I always see so many colours! I look at the sky and see such a variety! It is really frustrating because I want to be able to mix those colours and paint them. This lack of control greatly distracts me from my painting to the point of damage…

How is gloss paint used on sky
Gloss Lines on the Clouds


Something didn’t feel right when I looked at my sky…, I thought it was too bright, or lacking contrast…!

I started playing with a variety of colourful glazes, spreading blue, pink, orange, lilac patches across the sky. I’ve added even more gloss…

I wanted to pass this kind of energy: the sky should be calm, as the evening approaches slowly and it becomes blue and darker, going into deeper and deeper shades of the night… Peacefull, beguiling sky…

However, I suddenly realised that the sky I’ve painted in result looked too dramatic, it seemed angry and rough, the clouds were gathering and accumulating. That wasn’t the energy I wanted to transfer through this painting.

To calm the sky down I need to paint it over with another mixture of blue.

I would use washes of blue and paint them over these layers.

I have used my Pantone swatches to find the right blue. The blue I want has the following recipe:

Pantone Swatches

13 parts of Process Blue
3 parts of Reflex Blue

The lighter variation of this colour will contain transparent white.

For Pantone Reflex Blue I’m going to use this combination: cobalt and ultramarine. For Process Blue I’ll use cerulean ink. The ink will give brilliancy to the acrylic colours, the colours won’t shift after dry.

So, this is the result. I hope that, now, the picture conveys the right atmosphere … of peace, love and family time.

Steve and Margaret’s House In The Evening Sky

So many happy events took place at that house! What is the best way to keep vivid memories of all of them if not in a colourful, original piece of art? A painting which will be taken wherever they go next and hung on the new walls, in a new house, it will become a colourful memory, reminiscence of the happy past…

And you can also have your own colourful memories captured in an original piece of art.

For more information on the commissions I do, click on this link below:

Keep Colourful Memories – Commissions from Gosh Art by Gosha Gibek

What do we like about landscape painting?


Living in a beautiful countryside is a source of inspiration to many artist and many indeed find joy and passion in recreating the scenery on their canvas. There is so much enjoyment out there, in constantly changing light affecting the clouds and the sky, the texture of grass, the pattern of fields which spread before the eyes like a patchwork, the lines of dry stone walls, the reflection in water, shadows of trees and bushes as they move gently in the air.

Despite all that stimulus, I find that approaching a blank canvas and simply beginning sketching the fields, the hill, the dry stone wall, creates a problem, the image on the canvas does not appear that exciting as it excited me out there. I want to know what it takes to create a stunning piece, grabbing hearts of people. I want to be the one who shows the world from an angle beyond an ordinary human perception, surprises.

I’ve done a little survey asking my viewers to give their suggestions and here I’m presenting my results.

Which style attracts you most?Which style attracts you most?

I have showed them 5 different styles of landscape painting

  1. Traditional – realistic style, a bit figurative.
    2. Natural – Colours are as they appear to you in nature – so green grass, blue sky
    3. Colourful – The one where colours are abstract, unreal like in Fauvism.
    4. Naïve style – where objects are depicted in simple forms.
    5. Abstract landscape – objects are losing their forms, it’s a composition (a set up) of colours and shapes, nothing appear to look real.

Person 1: ‘ I like them all, but number three is my favourite. My reason is because i feel that this style is what i see throughout most of your paintings, and that’s simply what makes your work so unique from everyone elses’ – Oh, Thank you Laura x,

Person 2: […I like] number 1. This feels as though I could actually be there. Or 2, for the same reason. (Number 2 makes me want to see what’s on the other side of the hill!)

  • So you are intrigued Maureen, that’s a fantastic answer. I also know that you see  seaside – which is a place you want to be.

Person 3: [the abstract painting which is number 3, is] the most unique and expressive and colourful.

Person 4: I’d probably go for 1and 3 out of this selection because I like bold strong art but with content.

Person 5:  I like no 1 best though very much appreciate the modernistic view of no 3.

Person 6:  Its 1 and 2 for me because I find peace when walking in fields.

Person 7: Number 4 and 3. Simplicity, and brightness.

  • At least for once the naïve style gets the votes.

Person 8: 2 so beautiful & also 4

Person 9: Number 1 and number 5. Just love the poppies. The pictures draw you in to make you want to be there.

Many discover a familiar place, some place from their memories or dreams. Place they have been to, which they recognize, or a place where they would like to be, place where they would feel comfortable and happy. Such place they see is intriguing, inviting, alluring… and such place is real, easily recognizable. There might be some elements in this landscape art, that they like the most, such as poppies or simple the sea side J.

Some of you appreciate and notice the artist’s unique expression, a technical innovation such as: interesting brush strokes, bold colours, texture. Those are affecting the mood and the mood of the painted landscape is also important, frozen from ever so changing weather condition. The weather on the painting affects our mood and the overall mood of the painting.

Whatever you like about the painting what’s most important is to feel the connection with the image on emotional or spiritual level. It is that feeling of nostalgia which the painting evokes, that makes people like it and want it..

So: memory of place, place you want to be, interesting technique, and the feeling of connection – these elements all together are ingredients for a perfect masterpiece. Thank you for your survey.

Starry_night_van_gogh
Starry Night by Van Gogh. He painted it towards the end of his life, the mood expresses sadness and loneliness.

I very often look at famous artists to learn how they have approached the subject. This is a great way to learn. For those who learn art such process of looking at famous paintings is comparable to a relay race: we take the baton from our preceding artists and run with it our own way…

One of my favourite landscape artists is Vincent Van Gogh. He was certainly a master of colour and mood. Notice how his countryside paintings are rich in a variety of yellows and how they shine like gold when juxtaposition with dark blue or green. His thick layers of paint, with brush strokes so expressive, seem to be dancing, creating a sense of movement. By highlighting elements such as stars – they appear to have a powerful influence, or birds in his famous painting ‘Wheatfield with Crows’ , he brings anxiety and gloom.

van-gogh-whet-fieldWheat_fields

I have seen the masterpieces of Van Gogh in Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and it was an experience comparable to seeing your favourite band live, so emotional and enriching. All the ingredients mentioned by you are contained in those paintings:  reality yet in an unusual way. The golden wheat fields remind me about Poland, hot Polish summer which I really miss.

What would I like to achieve as a landscape painter? I have asked the question to meet your needs – you as a viewer, receiver of my imaginary and hopefully a collector…  I have to admit, I do not seek realism as this job is reserved for cameras. Painting a landscape is ever such a challenging task as the scenery I see and get excited about is unreachable, so fleeting, at that moment at that time when I look, it looks different and I know it won’t last, time changes the image at every moment of the day and night. My desire is to stop it, frame in my memories.

Magnificent Pendle Hill
‘Magnificent Pendle Hill’ – Gosha Gibek, A5 card -£3.5 including postage Fine art giclee prints, numbered and signed: A4 – £10, A3 – £20

Magnificent Pendle Hill

Those fields and hills
‘Those fields and hills’ – Gosha Gibek, A5 card -£3.5 including postage Fine art giclee prints, numbered and signed: A4 – £10, A3 – £20

My latest search for the perfect landscape paintings,
I would appreciate to know your thoughts.
Each of this images can be bought as limited edition A5 card for the price of £3.50 – postage included.
Just send me your address.
I have also a very fine quality art giclee prints at the price of £10 for A4 or £20 for A3.