I guess it’s high time I posted the painting I alluded to in this post from last week. I spent a few hours last week on this, and then added the trees and rocks and a few details yesterday, and for the moment, I think best to give this one a rest.
This was my first 11 x 15″ painting. The paper seemed humongous when I first sat down to work with it. I worked very closely with a tutorial by Grant Fuller that’s available on Artist’s Network TV. All in all, I’m not sure I’m ready to work this large, but it was a good learning experience.
I’m pretty happy with the sky and parts of the glowing wet sand in the foreground, and I’m slowly learning how to add in a bit of forest (rocks are a bigger challenge for me). I may go back and add more variation in the foliage. The breaking waves are a whole different story, and unquestionably the most difficult part of the painting for me. I learned from the experience that I need to do the softening off step MUCH faster. I think when I practice breaking waves next time out, I won’t try and do a scene at all. I’ll just work exclusively on the waves until I feel I have a better handle on them.
As always, suggestions for improvement would be humbly received and greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your comments and visits. I am bound to follow this watercolor train, wherever it may lead! Happy Monday, and let’s dance anyway, huh? Peace.