Painting of a Fishing Boat and Island
I really liked the subdued sky in the painting below. And the island which has a beautiful shape. And I like the way the sea begins below the boat with the waves that the boat creates.
I changed the subdued sky to one with sweeping clouds. Basically, I couldn’t make this subdued sky work in several more paintings that I did and I couldn’t find a real source such as a photo so I decided - somewhat reluctantly - to do a different sky. I like these sweeping clouds though because they emphasize the island and make it look even more dramatic.
In this painting I played around with the sea and the pattern of the sea and I was delighted with the result.
I found that a band of sparkling white sea behind the boat really looked lovely and helped to create a powerful contrast around the focal point which is the boat.
Next I decided to have a warm yellow background but to keep the objects still quite monotone darks. Although not a great painting I like the look of this painting.
Next I decided to make it more colorful and used very noticeably a lot of alizarin crimson as well as burnt sienna in the trees of the island. I’m not sure how well this one works though.
A more intense use of color and play around with the shape of the clouds. I liked this so much I got chicken and couldn’t add the island.
I’m really happy with this one. The sea does look a bit like a check tablecloth but I like it.
I did one more painting and tried to make a sea surface that looked less like a check tablecloth and this also became a time-lapse video which you can see below.
A brief talk about this painting series.
Time lapse video of painting no. 9.
PS Comments are welcome. I can't always reply but I do read them. I'd love to know which painting is your favorite and why. And if you have any ideas for a title please let me know as I might make that the actual title - choosing a title is so difficult.
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