Saturday, February 26, 2011
Landwash update 3
I've spent more time building the wave structure and colour, along with developing the base for the water surface values. Water surfaces are very complex and it takes concentration and time to get them to look as they should. The good thing is that there is no precision as with a portrait, so it becomes freeforming shapes and lines instead of defined lines.
I've also begun to add some spatters of paint to give texture to the sand/gravel of the shoreline. This shore is usually covered with smooth stones, but the surf had pulled them clear down to the sand line. The sand here isn't the classic pale golden sand, but a mix of ochre sand and fine gravel. I'm adding dark spatters to it with raw umber, violet and burnt sienna before adding lighter colours as highlights.
I'm working on the wave itself to build form and colour. It too is complex and while it has specific shapes, it is organic and allows me some freedom. Getting the light that shows through the highest points of the waves still isn't quite there, but I'm heading in the right direction.