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.
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.
It's pretty warm here and I'm discovering that choosing something to paint depends a lot on finding somewhere to sit that isn't roasting hot but still has something interesting in view. I know that some people have umbrellas that they attach to their easels/ground/themselves and maybe they're worth it but it's yet another thing to lug around. I've also seen people spend more time fiddling with the umbrella than painting and I have enough trouble keeping my easel under control. But I found a shady spot on a wall where I could sit out of the sun and still have my easel up. Not the perfect scene but good enough.
Frankly it came out very differently and better than I originally thought. The first aim was to just paint the boats and leave most of the foliage out. (Foliage is hard!). However it turned out that a lot of the foliage crept in and came out pretty well. Boats came together well - not too much detail, just enough to make sure you know it's a boat. As always there are a couple of things annoying me . I put that boat smack bang in the center of the picture which I shouldn't have. Also the sea needs a bit more punch - it's pretty much the same color as the sky and I could have given it more color.
But on the whole - pretty chuffed.
Even in the photo you can see I should have given the sea some more welly.
Resting on the porch after a hard afternoon's work.
We've rented a fabulous house for the week in Kittery Maine. It is right by the sea and has wonderful views of Portsmouth harbor. I can just step out the back door, set up the easel and paint. It's wonderful.
Day 1. This is a view of part of next door's garden. I haven't painted landscapes in a while and summer greens are notoriously hard so this was a leap into the unknown.
To make things harder I started this the day before in the afternoon and finished the next day in the morning. This meant that all the shadows were reversed which was annoying. However I struggled on but almost gave up on it as I got towards the end. Everything was getting muddy and the trees were looking rather stodgy. Didn't like it one bit immediately after I'd finished but it's growing on me.
Here I am on my perch.