On the Easel: Wellington Point

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Below is a painting I did earlier this year, Wellington Point. It captures the beach’s glimmering colors and the tree’s dappled light.

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021
Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021

Reference Photo and Study

Here’s the reference photo I painted from:

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, Reference Photo
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I also painted a small color study in preparation:

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021, Study
Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021, Study

Details

  • Oil on Ambersand gessoboard. 18×24 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Progress Shots

Step 1: Simple color block-in.

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, WIP (2)

Step 2: Draw over the top. Focus mainly on the tree’s light and dark shapes.

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, WIP (4)

Step 3: Build up thicker paint and truer colors.

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, WIP (7)

Step 4: Paint the leaves and work on the dappled light.

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, WIP (9)

Step 5: Add finishing touches and sign (I signed it after photographing the painting).

Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021
Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021

Additional Resources

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Happy painting!

Dan Scott

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