(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 a painting I did earlier this year, Wellington Point. It captures the beach's glimmering colors and the tree's dappled light.
Reference Photo and Study
I also painted a small color study in preparation:
- Oil on Ambersand gessoboard. 18x24 inches.
- Main colors: Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow deep, viridian green, and titanium white.
Refer to my supplies list for more details on what I use.
- The painting is a play between the dappled light in the foreground and the glimmering colors in the background.
- There's a parent and child walking the beach in the corner. This was challenging to paint. It needed to be careful, yet vague. I did a better job of this in the study than in the main piece. Likely due to being more relaxed.
- I experimented with multicolored strokes and thick texture. I drew inspiration from the Russian Impressionists.
- I like how the leaves turned out. Thick paint and varied colors. It's nice when a plan comes to fruition. (Don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back for things that go well in your painting. It's easy to get caught up in mistakes and things to improve.)
- The shadows in the reference photo are underexposed. I compensated for this in the painting by bumping up the saturation and value of the shadows.
Step 1: Simple color block-in.
Step 2: Draw over the top. Focus mainly on the tree's light and dark shapes.
Step 3: Build up thicker paint and truer colors.
Step 4: Paint the leaves and work on the dappled light.
Step 5: Add finishing touches and sign (I signed it after photographing the painting).
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