The Long View, acrylic painting

The study today was about building distant cloud structures with acrylic paints.  I found a great reference photograph with storm clouds for lots of drama, along with a fantastic long beach that was the distance I was looking to demonstrate.

The Long View, an acrylic painting (13.75 x 7.5) was painted on a hardboard using a limited palette (white, payne’s gray, alizarin, raw sienna and in very limited quantity yellow orche and hunter green) – well limited for me, lol.  The long beach view was developed first, once established the cloud structures came next, then background hills and finally came the reflections (which were difficult to figure out how to do without them overwhelming the scene with too much contrast, the sand was complex enough).

Thanks for checking out my latest – click onto the image for a larger view.

The Long ViewReference image from Steve Lyddon an awesome artist and photographer with pmp.


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72 Responses to The Long View, acrylic painting

  1. I don’t know how you do it, but you bring life to the canvas 🙂 Beautiful!

  2. Simla Barki says:

    I absolutely LOVE this kind of painting. Beautiful.

  3. Orpheus Eye says:

    I am incredibly enthralled by this piece, it is just amazing, and capturing, and I wish I could spend hours and hours and days and days with it – it has me in an awe-inspiring moment of mystery – like the feeling is so familiar and yet so distant – so transparent and yet so opaque and I want to dwell there until I explode, pop, incinerate – that somehow, it invites me in deeper and yet allows me to remain distant in stillness – I see my life in the emotion this painting reflects and yet it calms me from needing to find an answer or to quell any in-decidability within – is this painting what is for me to feel American an atemporal end of history, or, is it simply a reflection of a similar emotion we all must face for bridging the gap into communication, communion, into intimacy with ourselves, towards other. I could go on and on… 🙂 thank you!

  4. I of July says:

    great use of colour… really creates a mood

  5. farbvielfalt says:

    It’s always a challenge to paint with a limited palette, you mastered it perfect! I like in particular that you utilized many shades of low key colours! Great!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Alexandra for your response to this piece – it was very different type of scene to capture so early in learning to paint in acrylics. I did enjoy it and the scene didn’t take too long to develop once I got a feel for the paints and subject.

  6. LOVE this! Great to see you make lovely work in acrylics as well!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena – was a steep curve to learn how to create the reflections and still show the dark tones of the beach sand. The sky was awesome to work with a brush – loved developing it.

  7. Hard to believe that it’s a painting..perfection is the word, Mary…just wonderful!

  8. Nice work Mary! I am enjoying seeing what you are doing with the acrylics! A lot of drama in this piece! ~Rita

  9. ladyfi says:

    Wow -stunning work.

  10. Jane Lurie says:

    Love your color palette and your description of the process in creating this beautiful painting, Mary.

  11. Angie Mc says:

    My favorite colors, especially as we head into fall…winter. Gorgeous, Mary ❤

  12. Susan Feniak says:

    I am with Rhonda on this one Mary. You excel at Acrylics!! Love it. 🙂

  13. So much drama in this piece. Brilliant work Mary x

  14. Painting for Joy says:

    Wow! Okay so it’s time to ditch the OP’s! Paint is your true medium. This is wonderful.

    • Mary says:

      Wow Rhonda – I couldn’t possibly throw out all my OPs, there are scenes where they will make the most sense to paint with. Thank you for your very generous compliment.

  15. exiledprospero says:

    One of my favorites, Mary. Very existential.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Prospero – I’m thrilled with your reaction to this painting. I had three scenes all selected to paint and at the last minute this one came about. Yes I can understand why “existential” came to mind.

  16. This is wonderful, Mary, and it’s giving me a beach feeling, that feeling you get when you see the shore stretching out before you. Really well done. Amazed at your gifts. 💛

  17. Loving your foray into acrylics. There’s a less controlled feel which is striking

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much and ha, “the less controlled feel” is probably do to not having a good control over brush strokes yet, or fine details – lol, but I’ll take your compliment any day!

  18. kwileyart says:

    You did a fabulous job on the clouds. and I love the colors you used.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Kathryn for your thoughts on this painting. Acrylics is a new medium for me and am learning my way about them – I love your acrylic paintings!

  19. You have captured the distance and space so beautifully in this….I can see that you are on a roll:) Janet.

  20. anna77dennis says:

    This is great, I love your use of colours and the reflecting water, as well as looking at the distant hills, a lovely painting!

  21. Gallivanta says:

    I really love long views, and yours is wonderful. Great cloud and sky.

  22. Fabio says:

    Fantastic, Mary! You are always surprising us! 🙂

  23. Amy says:

    The large version give great feel of the long view. Beautiful!

  24. Lee says:

    Love the long view, very nice.

  25. passajer says:

    The sense of distance is wonderful. Really like this piece.

  26. Ah, Mary, what a strong scene! I love it! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina. I hadn’t intended to paint this scene, but was perfect with awesome drama with those clouds – strong is a great descriptor.

  27. Resa says:

    It is indeed a long view, totally captured and wonderfully expressed. What a fab painting for a million dollar (or more) condo! That may sound shallow, but I have reasons for thinking that.
    Okay, now to look up Steve Lyddon!

    • Mary says:

      You are too much my dear Resa – interested in your reasons!! Thank you for the wonderful compliment and trust me when I say I was totally feeling my way through this piece. Thanks again ~ have a good evening.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Rachel! I wanted to let you know that I follow your blog, but your posts have not been populating my Reader – I’ll un-follow and re-follow to see if it corrects itself.

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