So what to do with the rest of the afternoon. Looking for something quirky I found this from a trip we made to Portland ME almost exactly a year ago. So why not? Not sure quite what to make of this one yet.
Another go attempting something with subdued color. Maybe a little too tentative in places but hangs together well.
A couple of intermediate shots below. I decided to use masking fluid for the lighthouse so I could sweep the sky in wet in wet. In the end I’m not convinced it was worth the trouble.
Here is a shot after the sky went in and I’m half way through the rocks. Always a bit of a gamble rocks but they’re progressing well here. Part of the secret is to be confident, vary the colors but don’t delineate every rock outline.
I have a bit of a tendency to overdo the colors in my paintings. For this one I decided to try and mute back everything, gray out the blues and the greens etc. It didn’t turn out to be a beautiful painting but there’s lots here I like. The scrubby brushwork on the rocks came out well as did the partial wet in wet for the lighthouse itself. All in all I think it’s positive
This was great fun to do but came out far too literal and the colorscheme needs dialing back a bit. Lighthouses are tricky things.
There are 2 lighthouses visible from our back porch. Actually strictly speaking there are 3 but the third is so far away it doesn't really count in painting terms. The prettiest is Portsmouth Harbor Light which is the traditional white with a dinky little red roofed house next door.
So what to say about this one? I'm pretty happy I think considering I'm painting outside and generally screw up. The composition leaves a lot to be desired but I'll give myself a pass on this as I'm happy otherwise. Good color overall but had a big struggle with the foreground (again) but I think it was dragged back from the brink albeit a bit bedraggled.
I needed some respite from the seemingly never-ending birds so I had a soothing Saturday afternoon with a lighthouse. This is Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I have never really tackled sea and rocks like this and it came out rather well. Much better than birds.