For the sunset of the year 2021, here is a sunset painting.

As we reflect on this past year, we can be reminded that the God Who makes the sun set also makes it rise on a new day. The footsteps in the sand can remind us of the people who have come into and gone out of our lives this year, and be thankful for the impact each has made.

Looking forward to the sunrise!

This is another new technique for me, poured watercolor.

We went to a family reunion last month and got to revisit the Sandhills of Nebraska, as well as reconnect with family, of course. Our daughter took a nice photo of a sunset and I wanted to try to paint it.  To do it, I had to practice smooth washes again. That took several tries. Something that seems like it should be so simple is not so simple after all.

While trying a new brush stroke, I found it worked well for painting flamingos, and so I ended up filling a few sheets of paper with them. After deciding that flamingos would be in my newest painting, I studied a little about them.

The new thing I tried in this painting is to make a border with masking tape so there is room to frame it. I learned this in high school, but was just reminded of it again. Always something new to learn (or be reminded of).