This painting was a good lesson learned in so many aspects. The most basic premise to art is making sure your composition works, so if you could have only seen what this painting started out as (bland sky, cliffs winding halfway across the entire scene, etc.). Leaving it alone for several days, but always looking to assess the scene, the painting finally started to talk to me and after two major scene changes I could see where the piece was headed.
Timeless, an acrylic painting (8×10) on a gesso-prepared hardboard. Learning how to paint with acrylic paints continue to fascinate me, I enjoy the whole process of learning what brushes to use for what strokes, certain effects and important to the seascapes, getting the shadows of sea-foam on waves. The scene was painted from my imagination, the challenge with checking the composition became a great lesson learned from this piece (a thumbnail sketch would have been the easier route from the start).
I’ve read that Phthalo Blue has very strong tinting power – much too, as a little goes a long ways (fine in a limited quantity for warmer and tropical climates) I learned my lesson in the early phases of this painting. When working on seascapes that originate Northern waters or NW waters are colder and deeper blues I’ll probably stay true to Ultramarine, Cobalt, Prussian Blue and Ceruclean when working future seascapes. Trust me, I covered nearly 100% of the Phthalo in this scene.
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