Work continues on the closest island. The rocky shoreline is painted underneath the thick trees. A few brushstrokes of blue from the water are added on the boulders to give the impression they are wet.
Here is another one of the “RULES” that helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting. Muted, Duller Colors Go Back; Brighter, More Intense Colors Come Forward. Notice how the water in the distance is a faded blue, it was mixed from Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. In the middle portion of the water I’ve used mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White and Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + White. Nearest the terrace I’ll use combinations of Pthalo Blue + White and Pthalo Blue + a little Cadmium Orange + White.
Now for the little Marina! I begin with the buildings. The weathered grey structure is painted with combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White. The red ones are made of mixes of Alizarin Crimson + MUD + White. The little white dots in the mountain are where the tips of the boat masts were in my sketch. I’ll use them for reference when I paint the boats. You can see this better by enlarging the image, just click on the picture.
As before, the reflections of the buildings are pulled straight down into the wet paint of the water below. Well….I decided to change the angle on the dock projecting out into the water, didn’t like the perspective. Since the boats will be in different positions now, I painted out my little reference points in the mountain!
The boats are next, I paint them fairly impressionistically. I don’t want too much detail or they will have a tendency to jump forward and not stay in the background.
Masts and furled sails complete the boats safely nestled at the marina. We’ll begin working on the foreground elements in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch. Hugs,