The gear seemed more compact today when I loaded up. Sometimes it seems like there is no room. (with the same stuff)
The following shots are from the most amazing little park. It is squeezed between two homes. I want to do a painting from here but I did not have the time today. Looking South
I liked the shadows within the rocks, so I painted this view first. I knew what I would get latter in the day.
I considered what my second painting would be. It takes a while to move my stuff when I have it all out so I wanted to conserve as much time as possible. The last time I painted two 24"X 36" paintings, I had to rush the second one because I ran out of time.
This would be the second painting of the day. I liked the color of the light on the rocks.
I had left my sketch pad at home and as a result I had to work on correcting the drawing several times before I was ready to move further into the painting.
I basically have everything in place. Because the sun is starting to change everything, I have to decide what I want the painting to look like.
I have the backlit rocks the way I want them in terms of light and shadow; so now it is a matter of keeping to the plan and not chasing the changing pattern.
The crazy detail of the bluffs are what I find interesting about this view of woods cove. As a result, I spent a lot of time in getting the subdivisions of the bluffs to resemble what I saw.
I think this painting could have turned out better if I had spent more time on it; but there is a point when I feel full of the painting and I need to stop.
This was not one of those times. I do not think I got the full expression that I was looking for when I started. I also think the underpainting worked against me in this instance. I think the painting would have been more interesting if I had perhaps picked a orange color to underpaint the board.
The finished painting. South at Woods Cove 24"X 36" soft pastel on sanded plywood with a underpainting of acrylic.
|The value shot.|
It was already really hot and I was thirsty and needed to use a restroom. So I did what I would normally do; I started another painting.
Again I had to work the composition out on the board as I went. I would have preferred to sketch it out first. It really saves me a lot of time and frustration. I had trouble getting the composition I wanted. I had issues with the size and relationship between the rocks. I did not let that stop me. I merged some of the shapes of the rocks together and then cut the water in and around them to establish a better facsimile of the scene.
Some of the ratios between the rocks were still wrong but it wasn't going to get much better so I moved on.
I really simplified some of the content. I especially simplified the water. The tide was starting to come in and although my stuff was on some rocks out of the way; I did not want to deal with wet shoes. Normally, I will watch the water and paint small sections at a time. I will try to see it at the same point in the surge so that I am accurate. This time I tried to see the whole thing at once. I waited for the right combination of things going on and took a mental picture. I put it in really quickly and left it alone. The shape of the water helped describe the shape and distance between the rocks and was added at the very end.
Facing North Woods Cove. 24"X 36" soft pastel on board underpainted with acrylic paint
The value shot.
|The detail shot. Plenty of board showing in the water.|