Since I had a whole evening free the other day, I decided I would spend it doing some speed painting. There were some different things I wanted to try out, but basically it all involved water.
First, I wanted to do a basic wave-onto-the-beach-painting under a clear blue sky. So, for the skyline i used a mix of sky blue and titanium white. For the sea in the background I used some emerald green, turquoise blue, ultramarine blue and titanium white, and a mix of emerald green, turquoise blue and titanium white for the wave in the foreground.
For the sand on the beach I used a mix of permanent red violet, titanium white and yellow ochre. This is how it turned out:
That beeing done, I still did’nt feel that I was through with the seascapes. So I decided to do another wave, but this one without the sandy beach.
For the skyline i again used sky blue and titanium white. For the sea in the background I used some emerald green, turquoise blue, ultramarine blue and titanium white, with a greater amount of the ultramarine blue than on the last painting.
In the front I dashed in some emerald green, turquoise blue, ultramarine blue, ivory black and titanium white in different areas.
This is how it looked:
It was now starting to get late, by I still did’nt feel like wrapping up for the night. So I decided I wanted to try and paint a close view of water, with reflections in the upper layer and the seabed beneath. Like I was putting a camera lens straight down towards some clear water on a sunny day. This did’nt go well.
I started by dotting in different mixes of ivory black, cadmium yellow, transparant red medium, emerald green, turquoise blue, ultramarine blue, titanium white and yellow ochre.
As I went on, it got more and more clear that it was not going to work. It just did’nt look like water. More like a clot of different paint pounded together on the canvas.
Time beeing late, I decided that this one unfortunately would have to be considered a lost case. So why not blend it all together with a flat brush and paint in some clouds? Maybe it would at least look like a nice skyline.
Well, this is how it ended up:
After six hours, it was finally time to get to bed!