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.|
|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.