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.


1 comment:

  1. Wow this is absolutely beautiful Karen, I would love to have it hanging in my home :-)