At the beginning of the yr, Chontele, Elora, and I spent per week with buddies in Perth. It has some stunning spots, significantly alongside the coast. My most up-to-date portray relies on a photograph I took at Cape Peron.
This was a surprisingly difficult scene to color nicely.
The large concept of this portray is the sensible, shimmering gentle reflecting off the water. It was virtually blinding in individual. I additionally needed to seize the placing distinction between the sunshine and the half-silhouetted rocks, and the way the robust sea breeze stirred up the water’s floor and the vegetation alongside the shoreline.
That is a type of instances the place the reference photograph doesn’t do the scene justice. There’s no manner a digital camera can seize the brilliance of seeing this dance of sunshine, coloration, wind, and waves in individual. Not with present expertise anyway.
To color this scene successfully, I had to attract on my reminiscences from Perth, significantly my first impressions of the scene as I stood overlooking the rocky shoreline. First impressions are gold as they assist make clear what it’s you’re actually portray. That’s why I desire to color from current experiences, as I can nonetheless draw on these first impressions while they’re contemporary in my thoughts and earlier than time has its manner with them.
Extra portray tricks to come. For those who ever wish to study extra, take a look at my e-book, 21 Straightforward Methods to Enhance Your Work.
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Ps. I simply got here throughout this video on YouTube. You would possibly discover it attention-grabbing. I really like watching nice artists paint open air like this. There’s one thing so uncooked and sincere about it.