Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wave Study #47

Getting in the wave studies while the wind and rain take a break. I only worked on one today as I was targeting specific areas and I took my time painting. Here is wave study #47:
© 2013 R.L. Delight, Wave Study #47, 6"x8", oil on canvas
It was calm on the beach and not too cold but it was very gray. The water was glassy unlike yesterday's churning seas. The colors were amazing. Sometimes more colors pop out on gray days than on sunny ones. It is hard to see the subtle colors I put into the painting from this picture. The water in the wave trough, where it is starting to flatten, looked almost a dark red wine color. The colors were also very translucent. I am hoping I will figure out a way to make them look more translucent in my paintings.
I spent some time pushing my comfort zone. I added colors I don't usually add to try out their effects. It was a great exercise and I will keep pushing. I think I need to push the values too. Perhaps the next wave study.
I will have to see what the weather is like tomorrow. If it is like it was today I definitely will be heading back out. It feels good to be outside again after being cooped up by the storms. I still had to readjust to being outdoors. I also think I am outgrowing my plein air set up. I really need to get things that I no longer need or used, such as a small PMC/glass kiln, up for sale. I could use the proceeds. Then there is that Madame Alexander doll collection my mother collected for me when I was little...
If the weather cooperates I will have another study or two tomorrow.

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