I was experimenting with the optical mixing of colors in the foreground and the "vibration" effect of the color n the sky.
It was so cold this morning that my paint froze on my palette.
Tomorrow I'll bring my oils...I don't think they'll freeze.
I was inspired by the sky this morning. It was rather cold and not many people were out walking till the painting was almost done.
I have mixed feelings about oil. I like that the color remains the same wet or dry. But I find the texture inconsistent. Some buttery some gooey some too stiff to work without medium. Plus the drying time is so inconsistent. And when the painting is finally dry it could go chalky in some parts and glossy in others....a problem remedied by varnishing....but the painting will likely be sold by the time it's ready for a coat of varnish.
Brr, it was cold down by the water this morning. As I was painting a passerby warned me that I was becoming trapped by the tide. No real danger....just wet feet and muddiness. Gotta respect nature. Was the tide that brought in those tree roots in the painting.
What a glorious day we had. The sky was amazing. The sea was green. Everyone was out enjoying the spring like day. People were friendlier than usual and many people came over to see what I was painting. This little painting didn't really come together till the very end. The first few people asked if they could look and then either smiled sympathetically and said nice. Or someone even said hmmm and walked off. But in the last few minutes when it came together in a few bold strokes the onlookers made sounds of approval.
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I did this little figure study today at Goward house. I premixed the flesh tones ahead of time. I found this worked well as I wanted to finish the painting in one sitting. I used a limited pallet to do my mixtures and brought along a few extra colors such as magenta just in case. I think there is pretty good color harmony. And I like the overall composition. Though her proportions could be adjusted.
I did it! I broke up the horizontal line running through the foreground. I also kicked up the value contrasts and warmed up the white reflections on the water. I really like silhouette and back lighting.
This was fun to paint. I set out late and the sun was setting and the sky was dark with clouds. But I loved the oranges. Then it started spitting rain and no umbrella or light. I liked the result in spite of the raindrops on the paint. The foreground not so good.
Here's a little oil with my water soluble oils. I used only water to thin the paint. I was using Artisan brand and I'm now trying Lukas Berlin brand and I really like the latter. They are buttery like quality traditional oils. The Artisan tend to be too pasty and not buttery.
As far as the painting goes....I'm still learning.