Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
May 21, 2024   11:16 pm NL Time

Poinciana Sunset

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Poinciana Sunset


Status of Original Painting – Sold

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 15 x 20  inches

Price: $1,100

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches


I’ve been periodically painting international scenes during the pandemic, to celebrate the various people and places I’ve visited around the globe. This painting features an oceanside sunset in Darwin, Australia. It’s located on East Point Reserve outside of Darwin, and specifically on the property of a lovely restaurant called Pee Wee’s at the Point. I was there in late October 2019 for a dinner meeting. We were sampling hors d’oeuvres and pre-dinner drinks when the spectacular scenery caught everyone’s attention, and we migrated to the shoreline to enjoy nature’s fine performance.

The large tropical but ornamental tree is a Royal Poinciana, also known as flamboyant, flame of the forest, or flame tree. It’s really quite impressive with its fern-like leaves, flamboyant orange-red flowers during summer, and the dark brown bean pods that can be up to 2 feet in length! All of these details can be seen in the painting. At the time of my visit it was spring in Australia and so the flowers were just coming into bloom.

It was a spectacular sunset and as soon as I saw it, I knew I’d have to paint it sometime. I took about 30 different photos, and so I had a lot to choose from when I looked for the best one to use as a reference for this painting.

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