The lighthouse and the other exterior buildings at the top of the cliff are rendered using grays and black for shadow and shape. The final adjustments throughout the rest of the painting are completed using red tones in the cliff side, and darker tones along each wave crest and the shoreline. All small touches that are so important to give that final zing of movement and shape.
The cliffs are highlighted first with one of my favorite colors, Quinacridone Gold by Daniel Smith. I am replacing the colors I run out of with this brand whenever possible because the colors are so vibrant. To darken the Cliffside in the areas that are recessed along the shore I use an earth tone created by mixing greens and reds. This color combo creates the best blacks… a great array of darkness.
This week working with, Stan Miller for advanced watercolor class at Spokane Art Supply… we were challenged to take a picture of a boat and apply some artistic design to improve the layout composition along with achieving some good realism in the rendering. I enjoyed the mission 🙂
This is for sale unframed $20. I just love the way water can become a mirror showing the underside of boats and piers and beautiful sunset skys, it makes me think of warm ocean waters and early morning at Kaneohe Bay, rowing out to Jon Olson’s boat.