Tropic summer

After beeing away for two weeks on a cruise in Central America I´ve gotten a lot of sun on my skin. It was therefor a big change to come back home to cold Norway, where the sun goes down at 3 pm in the afternoon.

So to take me back to the sunny continent for some hours, I tried painting a hidden, tropical beach. Much like on the islands of Jamaica and Haiti. So here is the result:

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Apart from the upper side of the ocean, between the big wave and the skyline, I´m very pleased with it. I used my fingers to paint in the skyline, and a filbert brush to paint in the sea with various shades og blue. The two big waves are painted with a flat brush in some darker colors, and I used a fan brush to paint in the breakings.

For the trees and bushes in the bottom I used a round brush to bump in the formations with some black paint, and then a sponge to dot it all in with different blends of green. A very fun technique to try out.

To get it all a little more tropical and exuberant I made the grass go all the way down to the sandy beach, mixing it in with the wet sand.

Blue mountains

Since I´ve been away on vacation for some weeks, I was eager to get back on track with my brushes this weekend.

Seeing that I had a lot of blue paint left in my paintbox, I figured I should start off putting it all to use. So I decided to paint a cold, calm and icy night, with a blue evening shade. This was also a possibility to get some training in painting reflections, in the form of the reflections of the mountains in a very calm lake.

In retrospect I could have painted in some breakings in the water to make it more clear which side was up and which was down, but in a way I found it cooler to just leave it as it was. As a completely calm, blue evening. So, anyway, this is the outcome:

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The color could have been sharper, to make it all pop out a bit more out of the frame.

I guess it all turned out a little faint, but all in all i´m generally pleased with the reflections and the rock formations.

An ok painting that could´ve been better, would be the proper description to sum it all up.