(My "On the Easel" posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn).
Below is Wellington Point, High Contrast. This was a fun one. It's a play of broken color and contrast.
Reference Photo and Study
Here's the reference photo:
Feel free to try and paint it for yourself. Just let me know how you go.
- Oil on Ambersand gessoboard. 18 x 24 inches.
- Main colors: Transparent brown oxide, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow deep, viridian green, and titanium white.
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- The tree and its cast shadow are linked. This is a form of simplification. Instead of two distinct elements, we have one larger one.
- The big idea of this painting is color contrast. The high key background against the dark foreground. Much like Claude Monet’s Juan-Les-Pins.
- Most of my time was spent painting the leaves at the top. I built up many layers of broken color, using all kinds of techniques. Dabbing, lifting, scraping, multicolored strokes... anything to get the desired effect.
- The thick texture creates tiny cast shadows on the painting. This is known as raking light. It adds an interesting dimension to the painting.
Step 1: Stain the canvas with transparent brown oxide.
Step 2: Lift paint to suggest basic shapes.
Step 3: Work on the negative shapes (the sky and sea).
Step 4: Start on the sand and tree.
Step 5: Add rich greens.
Step 6: Render the tree trunk and main branches.
Step 7: Block in the rest of the sand and foreground.
Step 8: Block in the rest of the tree.
Step 9: Add dabs of blue to suggest gaps between the leaves.
Step 10: Build up layers of broken color. Then refine.
Step 11: Photograph the finished painting.
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