Our wonderful local art center Post Road Art has a number of exhibitions throughout the year. The next one is seascapes and landscapes so I thought I'd turn my hand to some sea and rocks. Now historically this has been a danger area for me (What isn't? Horses, buildings, snowy owls - all pose all sorts of problems). But hey! Nothing ventured, nothing gained so off I went.
The drawing was uneventful. just outlining the rock shapes and where they meet the sea. The washes went in fairly well :
Not too light, not too dark and some nice rough edges in the sea to allow for foam.
The next step was crucial. Getting the final darks in on the rocks so they stand out against the top of the cliffs was very important. At the same time I wanted to get enough variation in the rocks to suggest structure. This went pretty quickly and came out well.
Next was the sea. Always tricky. Don't overdo it as everything gets colored in and you lose the impression of foam. Underdo it and you don't get enough depth of color to show the form of the water. Again the gods were smiling on me and this went well too!!
The final piece was the foreground. I'd tried to get some thick paint on and drop water in to create texture but that obviously didn't work. One last try - keep the board a little more vertical, very thick paint with water and even thicker paint dropped in. And it worked! It's been a good day.
I don't think this will be my final submission for the exhibition but it's a good backup if nothing else comes together.