Sunday, January 15, 2017

In my dreams

I was happy to be able to get back to the studio this morning to make add the final touches to our ocean painting. The grasses were finished off using a very fine brush with mixes of Burnt Umber and Forest Green.  To make the fine lines needed for the grasses I used an almost dry brush and, starting at the bottom of the bushes, flicked upwards with a soft stroke.

The wooden boards on the deck were finished by using the fine brush and a watery Burnt Umber/Black mix to draw in lines and also to add the suggestion of some nails for realism.  A pair of flip-flops and a small basket of towels were then painted in.

Then came the tricky part. I wanted to add some soft muslin curtains to the doors, but I admit I wasn't too sure how to do this. Talk about nerves! 

After a lot of um-ing and ah-ing I finally decided to load my brush with a very thin wash of Titanium White and then take a deep breath before dragging the paint through the carefully painted French Doors, using a downward stroke. Whew! I was a bit nervous because if it went wrong and I didn't achieve the look I was after it would have ruined all my previous hard work. Luckily it all worked out though:) I continued to add strokes of white, strengthening the highlights in some areas and adding shadows to others.

Decking, shoes, basket and curtains added.
And this is the final painting. It is called "In My Dreams": 

In My Dreams
Oil on canvas

I hope you enjoyed learning a little about the painting process and that you will pop in to visit again soon to see what will be next on the easel.


Friday, January 13, 2017

In My Dreams - a work in progress.

~The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. ~Wyland

For many lucky people in Australia the summer holidays inevitably mean relaxing trips to the beach. On warm sunny days we get to take in the fresh sea breezes and the smell of the ocean whilst revelling in the feel of warm, oozy sand between our toes.  

The ocean with its beauty and fascinating little details has been an inspiration to many a poet or artist since time began.  Lately I have also been inspired to try to capture the elusive series of restless shapes and colours of the waves as they roll in endlessly to shore. 

This is what is on my easel at the moment.

Imagine opening your patio doors in the morning and stepping straight out onto a beautiful beach like this one:

There is still a lot of work to do but I haven't been able to do much painting today because I'm waiting for the layers of paint to dry first. And we all know there is nothing more exciting than watching paint dry:)

In the meanwhile I am planning my next steps which will include finishing the grass, adding some lines to indicate the deck planks, finishing the door frames, and adding some gauzy curtains to the inside of the doors.  

I hope you will check in again soon to see the progress as I go along. Or, while you wait, you can also click on the tabs to browse through the galleries of my previous artwork.