Sunday, January 24, 2021
While taking a scenic drive around Cape Cod one day I spotted this dinghy drifting about on it's anchor. There were several small boats similar to it and they all seemed to dance about on the water as the ripples and wind gently rolled in. The effect was very relaxing and soothing and I decided right away to try to convey the trance like feeling in my painting. I decided to eliminate all the other boats and surrounding details and focus on this one boat, the ripples, and the reflection in the unending surface of the water as it receded from view. I used a palette knife for most of the painting, quickly applying thick layers that wrap around the edge of the canvas to give the water a continuous feeling.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
|"My beachcomber buddy"-16x20 oil|
I use the repeating diagonal to bring the viewer through the painting and to establish a sense that there is much more before and after what is seen. I purposely omitted any horizon line or distant figures or landmarks. In addition the diagonal brings us right to the subject. The perspective of the viewer, looking down on the child's head,and shoulders reinforces that this is a small child. She is absorbed in the ritual of seeking the ocean's treasures; a universal appeal shared by those fortunate enough to experience ocean beaches.
I used a blue orange harmony which works to create the warmth of the early morning sun and the sparkling effects the sun creates on the water's surface. The long shadow also hints at the time of day.
|Our evening walk- 12x16 oil|
Dusk creates a much subtler light effect than strong sunlight. My goal was to give her that effect with soft transitions of color and value when moving from warm to cool as I modeled the figure and her clothing. Attention to detail in the figure is juxtaposed to a looser feeling in the water as it flows and swirls around her. I wanted the water to be "quiet" so it's movement would reflect the soft sounds of the lapping waves and the peaceful mood I wished to create.
|What a ride! 24X36 oil|
I recently attended a 1/2 day workshop where we began with an acrylic underpainting.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
|Santa Cruz Harbor sunset 6x12 oil|
|12x24 Oil Santa Cruz Harbor at sunset|
The lighthouse provides an identifying element to the scene.
Working first in a blue orange harmony, I created the small 6x12 sunset painting. The light on the horizon and overlapping land forms provide calming horizontals creating a peaceful mood for the painting. The small vertical lighthouse brings the viewer toward the sky and provides a feeling of strength and permanence. This feeling of permanence is repeated in the land and the repetitive motion of the waves. I liked the contrast of the fleeting light and the permanent elements. The diagonals in the water and the diagonal created by the overlapping forms bring the eye back through the landscape. The 12x24 painting, while similar to the smaller version, adds one more layer of overlapping. The composition is so naturally created that I plan to paint it again. Next I'll try a different format rather than the panoramic view with more sky lowering the horizon to the lower third level now occupied by the cresting wave. Close ups of the backlit lighthouse are also on my radar. Stay tuned!