|Rocks and Ocean Study 1, pastel, 8x10|
|Rocks and Ocean Study 3, oil, 8x10|
|Initial block in for Friday's demo. |
(Photo unfortunately has some glare on the right.)
Since much of these studies had to do with the contrast between the warm of the sand and the cool blue sky reflections, I set up most of the warm part of this contrast in the block-in. (One of the oil versions is shown above, but I did it similarly in my pastel underpainting.)
|An early stage of Thursday's demo, shortly after the block-in.|
As with painting snow, I find I often need to exaggerate the intensity of the warm/cool contrast, especially pushing the warm highlights catching direct sunlight. In all three demos, I found that I had to go back in and add more yellow to those areas that appeared to be the whitest whites of the sea foam, otherwise they didn't convey the sense of light I was trying to capture.
These were a lot of fun to paint! Maybe I'll get even more adventurous and paint a larger version.
The next several workshops I have coming up are already full, but last I checked, I do have one spot remaining in my 2-day oil/pastel workshop in Dahlonega, GA. Specifics below: