Monday, June 6, 2016

Beach Scene for a Rainy Day

While we wait for the Tropical Storm to pass, we have a rainy windy day, here in southwest Florida. I thought I'd put up a blog from awhile ago, of a beach scene begun with an alcohol wash. I started with a photo from a hot day at Boca Grand beach, but decided to make it less elongated, with more of the beach.
Finished Painting
Original Photograph
First Step: Tone the surface
I chose a hot pink pastel to wash in with alcohol, to help show the heat of the day
Step 2. Begin pastels
Here I have covered the painting with the colors I am using for this heated afternoon. The water is very turquoise, the sky almost pink with the humid haze. I have also blocked in some of the sea grapes that grow on the sand, and a few clumps of sea oats, to round out the composition.
Step 4, More color and form
I am working on the sea grapes, with some dark purple and light oranges and reds, still mostly hot colors, showing stems and leaves., I don't want to have too much detail in the finished painting. I have established the sizes of sea oat clumps, added shadows under them with a dusky blue,and added a little strip of land on the horizon, This is a channel between two islands. The sand was white hot!.
Step 5, and finished
"Hot Noon at Boca Grande Beach" ,8" x 10"
Cooled off the pink of the sky a bit with a pale yellow, added some warm greens for the leaf shapes, and am calling it finished. Just a little study, as a class demo of using the alcohol wash to underpaint a color to help create a mood or feeling for the day

1 comment:

  1. that is a beautiful painting, and also a really nice set of TLs!