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When the sun sets in the island, a harmony of purples to oranges is an inspiration, is a vision for any artist to portrait in a canvas.

Sunset in Bald Head IslandThrough the years, the island has been a breeding ground for wild hog and fox, a nesting ground for loggerhead turtles, a prime hangout for bootleggers, a Civil War fort. Pirates, lighthouse keepers, Indians, river pilots, soldiers, farmers, and entrepreneurs of all types have come and gone, and yet, the island’s essence is unchanged. This can only be because the island itself is a living thing, with its own integrity, spirit and its wild beauty.

Sunset in Bald Head Island, NC, PaintingInstructions:

  1. Start by drawing, positioning each element in the canvas.
  2. Do your under-paint or imprimatura with gold, using acrylic because they dry faster, also in this painting, gold gives a rich color for a sunset. Draw the tree trunk and grass with black acrylic.
  3. With oils or acrylics, start painting the orange clouds.
  4. Continue by painting the grass and purple sky.
  5. Finish your purple clouds, paint leaves and finish grass with high lights of green and yellow.
  6. Sign your work of art.

Sunset in Bald Head Island, NC, PaintingSupply:
This painting can be done in 2 medias, Oil Paintings or Acrylics:

There are many brands of acrylic paintings that I have tested but the one that I like the most is: SOHO, Urban Artistic Acrylic: Excellent paintings, sold at more reasonable price by Jerry’s Arterama. 3060 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. (919) 876-6610. You can also buy the supply on line.

Oil Paintings:
You can buy them at Michael’s, ACMoore, but again the most affordable ones are at Jerry’s Arterama and their brand is LUKAS.

Sunset in Bald Head Island, NC, PaintingCanvas: 11″x 14″


  1. Titanium White
  2. Cadmium Yellow Light
  3. Cadmium Red Medium
  4. Cadmium Orange
  5. Sap Green
  6. Greenish Umber
  7. Dioxazine Purple
  8. Ivory Black

Brushes, multi-purpose, polyvalent. There is a 10pc “Artist’s Loft” at Michael’s, they provides most of the brushes for the beginning or the Pro Stroke-Power Creative Mark of Jerry’s Arterama.
For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media, I have some containers in the studio.
Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
Paper towel.
Plate to mix colors or a Paper Palette. SOHO has a very reasonable paper palette at Jerry’s Arterama.

You can learn and enjoy to do this painting in the painting classes:
Call Clina: 919-841-3132

Visit Clina Polloni Art Studio and Gallery.
13 Garner Road, Franklinton NC 27527.
Take a drive to the beautiful country of North Carolina. Only half an hour from downtown Raleigh.