At the beginning of the yr, Chontele, Elora, and I spent per week with pals in Perth. It has some stunning spots, significantly alongside the coast. My most up-to-date portray is predicated on a photograph I took at Cape Peron.
This was a surprisingly difficult scene to color properly.
The massive concept of this portray is the good, shimmering gentle reflecting off the water. It was nearly blinding in individual. I additionally wished to seize the hanging distinction between the sunshine and the half-silhouetted rocks, and the way the sturdy sea breeze stirred up the water’s floor and the crops alongside the shoreline.
That is a kind of circumstances the place the reference photograph doesn’t do the scene justice. There’s no method a digital camera can seize the brilliance of seeing this dance of sunshine, colour, wind, and waves in individual. Not with present know-how anyway.
To color this scene successfully, I had to attract on my recollections from Perth, significantly my first impressions of the scene as I stood overlooking the rocky shoreline. First impressions are gold as they assist make clear what it’s you’re actually portray. That’s why I favor to color from latest experiences, as I can nonetheless draw on these first impressions while they’re contemporary in my thoughts and earlier than time has its method with them.
Extra portray tricks to come. Should you ever need to study extra, try my e book, 21 Straightforward Methods to Enhance Your Work.
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Ps. I simply got here throughout this video on YouTube. You may discover it fascinating. I really like watching nice artists paint open air like this. There’s one thing so uncooked and trustworthy about it.