Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I've spent more time defining this wave to add some realism to it. All those little fiddly details are what I love to work on, but there's a fine line between detail and overkill. With water, its easy to go on forever adding light and darker values to the water surface, foam and spray.
Close analysis of water reveals its complexities. Its not simple shapes or solid colours as so often depicted, especially by beginning artists. Creating a transparent, moving mass takes time and so often I see pieces discarded in frustration when another couple of hours of work would push them into a new direction.
I rarely work from a printed photo, as it never provides enough detail of the water surface and values. I keep the image on the computer screen so I can enlarge and reduce it as required to really observe well.
This piece is a sample for a workshop and measures 8 x 16 on canvas panel in acrylics.