Moody Seascape, The Spit, Gold Coast

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Key Takeaways: 

  • I painted fast, relying mostly on instinct.
  • I took advantage of visible brushwork to inject energy into the painting.
  • I started with dark colors, then worked lighter towards the end.
  • With the waves, it's important to simplify all the "noise". I looked for the few key details, contours, and edges that convey the most meaning. I simplified the rest.
  • To convey the illusion of light in the distance, I needed to ensure the surrounding colors were dark enough. It's all about contrast.
  • Simple compositions have their own challenges. You need to work harder to create an interesting painting.

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Finished Painting

Dan Scott, Moody Seascape, The Spit, Gold Coast, 2021
Dan Scott, Moody Seascape, The Spit, Gold Coast, 2021

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Dan Scott, Moody Seascape, The Spit, Gold Coast, 2021, Reference Photo, 700W
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