I was going to do this as a mixed media piece with pastels, similar to an earlier one of waves I did, but as I started painting I wondered whether it could be all done in watercolour, so this is the result. Using pastels allows a more gestural approach with the mark making which I suppose is more reflective of the restlessness of the sea, so I am wondering if this is a little static. I’ll ponder a little further.
There was almost as much paint removal as actual painting in this one as I tried to get the dark textures in the foreground. I added some figures at the end which do draw the eye through. I loved the dark shade leading out into the bright light.
Happy New Year to all. I decided to start with something a little uplifting as we in the northern hemisphere are now turning to the sun. I’ll save the fields in winter for another blog for when the hangovers have cleared.
I was wanting another painting for my beach series and thought about this one based on the area around Kaikoura on south island. I wanted to play around with the light catching the tops of the hills. It’s a start, but I think I need another go. I did a version of this before and put some people in, so that might be an addition for the next try.
Back to my seaside series, though this was from an image I took on Lake Garda years ago. I also did a watercolour of this a long while ago, but thought that it might be worth trying again in a loose style with acrylics. I am quite pleased with the result as the counterchange of light and shade give it a vitality and with the haze you don’t get bogged down with detail.
Back to the beach series. I am quite pleased with this, well at least I am today. I rearranged the position and adjusted the pose of the two figures on the right, but other than that this is how it was. I might add a wash of white over the background to give it a haze effect. We’ll see tomorrow.
I was looking at a local painter who does seascapes and liked the idea and effectiveness of combining pastel and watercolour for depicting seascapes. He actually uses gouache, which may give a bit more tooth for the pastel, but I’ve just used watercolour. I really need to get some images to work off – this was just from a combination of images I plucked from the web so I’m not sure of hues. But as a quick trial it gives a pleasing result.