Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The ocean has been in a gentle mood when I've gone to visit her lately. Waves roll in but they're not aggressive or menacing, but have a calm feel to them and are almost sculptural at times when I catch them in a freeze frame. The name for this piece hasn't come to me yet and suggestions are always welcome.
I liked the shapes and colours in this wave and the foam in the foreground. This is its first stages of blocking in shapes and colours. This is a 12 x 24" canvas panel and I'm using oils. I switch back and forth between acrylics and oils when one or the other frustrates me.
Finding the right values to capture the light through the water is always a challenge at first, then seems to just happen as the painting progresses. A couple of newish colours that I've added to my arsenal of oils cover several brands: Old Holland Carribean Blue; Richeson Oils The Shiva Series, Ice Blue and Classico King's Blue Light. You just never know where a new favourite pops up when it comes to creating water. I'm not looking for a perfect match out of a single tube, but just the right colour of blue, green or turquoise that help move it in the right direction when mixed with other colours.