Thursday, January 06, 2011
Light and contrast
I've spent this evening looking at other artists' interpretations of water and feeling, in varying degrees, in awe, exhilarated and depressed, wondering if my water paintings will actually resemble water or not.
I wanted to have a more impressionistic view of water than the piece I'm currently working on of the wave hitting the rocks. With each piece I learn a little more about water and reflections. I know reflections are all about light and contrast and if I concentrate on getting those right, I should be on the path to success. That and a lot of practice.
So I tried a looser technique in oils on a 6 x 6 gallery canvas. The setting sun was just hitting the top of the ripples adding a hint of yellow/orange to the light. It needs some stronger contrasts I think that will give the surface that reflective quality that makes it look like water.
As I continue on my study of water, I have added another list of blogs to my sidebar - that of artists who paint water. I will add names and blogs or websites as I come across them, and if you know of any that may be useful, please let me know.