Here you can follow my ongoing project…. Please keep in mind that the progress will surely be rather erratic.
Nov 25, 2021
Please keep in mind that the illumination when photos are taken will vary
Now a few things have finally changed. Painting involves constant adjustment and changes: The transparence and translusence of the waves, the surface structure. All give movement and volume. The one wave you see in the central area with its green-ish hue has the potential of being the one “nail” that all else can be hung upon. But it is at the same time a bit of a risk: if THAT one fails, much of the painting collapses.
The stones on the left side need to be changed. I intended them to be of granite, with its typical rust-red, brown and grey colours. But I had forgotten that granite tends towards black, or darkens a lot when wet. And there are few places more wet than this one.
Next step will be the area between the stones and the horizon, along with the sky over it all where clouds and ocean seem to merge in a haze. I think that diffuse light is vital for recreating the atmosphere. The colours that will dominate the sky will also reflect on the paintings lower areas, especially in the foam and froth that till now is merely white where the waves crest. In short: a pink sky gives pink wave tops.
And even more adjustments.
Nov 8, 2021
I decided to have a horizon, and a hidden landmass that I will add soon. But also I will paint a rock roughly where it is still white. The sea breaking on the rock will cause a reflective wave-pattern that can he hard to recreate, but I can see it. There is a LOT left to do…
Nov 6, 2021
Shopped for Titanum White (BIG tube) And a pale turquoise to help to develop the surface reflection of the sky. This will gradually lighten the ocean surface as it progresses up to a misty horizon.The parts of the ocean closest to the observer (the lower part of painting) will mainly show the deep natural blue, with little reflexes.
The reflection are generally colder and more pale, drifting a little into the violet, in this case.
Nov 2, 2021
Under way. I decided to make a horizon, even a misty one, ca 1/4 from the top, to make space for some clouds and a landmass seen through the fog. And later, if its not good, Ill just extend the water right to the top. Anything that enhances the general atmosphere is good, I think.
I’m used to rainy and misty sea-views. Cold ones.
oct 30, 2021
The first lines, and it is important to both establish a true horizontal line and to figure out WHERE the line between ocean and sky will do.
How high? I’d say rather high, because I want above all to paint waves, and not so much else. There will be a landmass partly hidden in a haze, so the actual horizon is more of an academic issue. We will see…
On the wall! This weekend I will start by outlining the main features directly on the board using a simple pencil. And I measured it; 18 kilos. Like a door on the wall! The right hand photo shows the cost of being creative….
oct 24, 2021
I want to make a panoramic painting with ocean waves. I never tried to concentrate on the waves, in a picture where the sky is a mere haze with a landmass barely visible. The light will be a challenge….for sure. It will be an oil painting, and large at 200 cm x 90 cm on wooden board with a Gesso primer to protect the painting from the board, and vice versa. It all weighs surely 20 kilos, and will be a challenge to hang on the wall, also….