The beginning block in of colors. Deciding on the corals (Alizarin Crimson, cadmium yellow orange and payne’s gray mixed with white) and blues (Cerulean blue, cobalt blue and payne’s gray mixed with white). I later added yellows (grumbacher hansa yellow & naples yellow) into the mix.
Developing color choices for the houses and boats. I want it colorful like the New England coastlines generally are, but still subdued enough to show the sunlight is fading. I also changed the sky cloud composition from the original reference. I have the water colors blocked in with a turpentine paint wash for checking the shape and composition of the reflections.
Overall not too different when standing back, but I approved of where I laid out the boats. And started to put in more shadows and details. Also worked on the shadows and colors of the buildings. I am coming to the part where the reds need to be put in for a little skin over night. Red loves to bleed – and it’s always in places you don’t want it to be.
The boat and water details are getting more distinct. Standing back today after the boats were starting to take shape, I am reconsidering the colors in the houses in the distance. I will wait until all the canvas is covered with paint to make sure what changes I will make. Next time I will deal with the part of the water that is very low and just reflective. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Worked on the boats, colors and reflection. Now for the challenge of the low water and reflections.
The water is blocked in. Now for the challenge of reflection of a low tide.
A few days of tweeking and I will check with my Client for final approval.