After a couple of less -than-optimal days of weather, I got a nice break yesterday, and was treated to the light conditions that this painting is about. I was able to see the ensemble effect (all the components in the same light) and work on the water and foreground areas for over an hour. Some color notes I never could have imagined presented themselves and I was able to catch them.
The blues and greens in the water are easy to hokey-up into a mouthwash aqua color…so I especially valued the opportunity to study them under the right conditions, along with the surrounding greys and warm notes that envelope them.
I hope I can avoid the piecemeal look that an outdoor painting stretched over days can acquire. So far, I think I’m okay. Give me two more afternoons of the right light and I’m probably done.
Here’s a look back at the first afternoon’s work for comparison. I love the texture:
And the sketch that started it all: