There couldn't have been a better day or a better place to paint.
I picked the largest board so that I could get everything in the painting at the size I wanted.
I worked to get all the pieces of the painting to fit together. I made adjustments to make sure they were the right proportion to each other. I lowered the hills in the background to be able to fit the palm trees into the painting.
I started working the detail in the painting. The light and shadow patterns were going to change and I had to decide at what point I wanted to capture them. I had to keep in mind that I would add to them at the end of the painting. I did not try to finish them at this time so that when I put the final touches on the painting the bluff would not be overworked.
I was reading a post from another plein air artist about how she tries to keep her technique a secret from the people who watch her work. It seemed like a really selfish and shallow thing. It made me think about the information I share. I wish I could put down my thoughts throughout the painting process so that I could share my decision making more thoroughly.
When I am painting, I work to keep all the parts of the painting at the same stage of development. When one part gets ahead of the others, I will switch to get the other areas caught up. I think that keeps the feel of the painting consistent. Because the light is always changing and my paintings tend to run longer than other painters, this is a way that I can keep my painting true to the lighting conditions in the moment.
At the very last moment a passer by asked if I was going to put in the flag pole...so I did. I added the monument next to it too.
|The value shot. It looks like I got the values right.|