I have a few photos, somewhere, of all these whelk and conch shells on a dune fence. The light is so dramatic I always wanted to paint them. Made two attempts before this. I think I am getting closer: using a red-yellow-blue triad definitely has helped me get some subtleties without sacrificing color ... or so it seems to me.
From a photo I took a couple of years ago. I added the person.
I loved the yellow stripes on the cabanas. I started to get a little impatient painting them and wasnt too careful about accuracy! I wish I had done a few on wet paper or softened some edges ... but luckily they are yellow and therefore a bit weak. In a stronger color I think the stripes would be dizzying!
Took a photo of this street this spring on an outing with my friend Gina.
I just started a Zoom class on perspective for artist with Carolyn Lord (!), and thought I'd try this as a warmup.
Grabbed a piece of hot press that was on my table, did the drawing, then started painting ... and discovered, as happens too often to me, that the sizing on the paper was shot: so no moving the paint around or mingling colors.
Decided to keep on and just paint shapes: simply, and once.
Up close you can see the defect in the paper, but overall I like the effect, which reminds me of the well-known Cape May watercolorist Alice Steer Wilson's approach.
I'm trying something different this year and treating all my plein air work as practice. Trying not to have any expectations and just enjoy the experience of being out and painting with friends.I took a lot of pictures and may revisit the scene in winter in my studio.
As we were painting the kids' sailing class from the yacht club beached their sunfish in front of us.
A scene from Gros Morne provincial park in Newfoundland, home to some of the oldest rocks on the planet--which was news to me. The reference photo was taken by the teacher, Bill Rogers.
Up until I was about 14 I wanted to be a geologist and was a rockhound. I still pick up rocks everywhere I go.
Gros Morne is now on my bucket list.
I struggled with this subject a bit and I was really surprised when I photographed it and saw the lack of variation in the greens! I thought I was varying them, using 4 or 5 colors. I think I may have been painting to fast, without stopping to assess what I was doing.
Putting this in the "try again" pile.
I was looking through my pile of paintings for a couple to submit to a virtual art show and came across a few paintings I saved from my very first watercolor class, at Cooper Union in NYC, circa 1996.