I waited all week for good clouds and it looked like Fri. would be the best day to go out on the beach to finish this. One rain system was going off the coast with another following behind it. When I got over to First Landing I realized I forgot my terpenoid. That’s one problem of painting in plain air, sometimes I forget something I need. For a minute I tried to decide, should I go back home to get it or is the art supply store closer, I decided to hang around and mix the colors I wanted to use and paint at home. It’s a simple scene so I took an hour or so and mixed my colors as accurately as I could for the clouds and sand, and I also tried to memorize cloud shapes. If I ran home to get my terpenoid the clouds would be all different when I got back. It was clearing up and the clouds directly overhead were like layers of moving white gauze with some fluff coming though and some jet trails breaking up. Freakin beautiful, but the sky overhead is never the same as on the horizon.
I had some fun painting the sky at home with my palette knife. This close up shows some of the texture. After I painted the sand and sky I propped it up against the wall where its been for a year already unfinished, and I liked the sky. From where I was sitting on my sofa the high spots in the paint catch the light in the living room and show sparkles in the sky like sunlight on the clouds. And to think I almost threw the painting away when I realized it wasn’t a good composition to put people in the scene. Now I’m glad I finished it after looking at it for that long undecided.
This close up shows a focal point. White against dark, different textures meeting, lines next to solid areas. I painted the water with brushes and the sand with a palette knife.
I tried to decide, does the painting need the pilings or not. I decided to paint them but I had to wait for the sky to dry. They could be a focal point for the art viewer who likes detail.