Here is my studio take on the trek-fishermen at Smitswinkelbaai. Most of the artists in “The watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists” recommend doing a value sketch before starting a new painting. My value sketch is usually my first full scale attempt. So I decided to try doing this. Here is the value sketch:
Actually it is really two but anyway.
Here is my drawing which was supposed to be more detailed than usual but actually wasnt:
The cactus in the background is my Christmas gift from Ethan. One well armed dude!
And here is where the painting is right now. I have tried to do the rocks in one go – without glazing and glazing. However my first go was last night when I was tired and not daring enough. You can see the result of that one in the rock on the far right – I have done the others again. These are quartzite boulders from the Table Mountain Sandstone mountains surrounding the beach. The outcrops are granites (Cape Granite I think – I should know but was not listening much in these lectures in my first year of Geology – long long ago)…
I am hoping the sea will take life when I put in the surrounding darks. I have also defined the detail a little more carefully. I painted the rocks to the music of Donna Summer – yeh – a blast from the past – heh heh – could it be magic – and I posted this to the music of the Doobie Brothers…
Here is how it looks at the dinner break, with the beach in place:
I thought I would do a few studio projects this holiday but this is the first time I have felt I have had the energy. But there we are – this feels so good. Oh and yesterday the gallery phoned to say there were people who wanted my rock pool paintings but were quibbling about the price – my first reaction was to suggest they go and look at the local furniture mart where they have huge poster stands full of chocolate box posters. But I didn’t and I sold them. I am keen to make space for new work now.
Well here is the next piece – I did this listening to Paul Harrison – All things must pass:
Time for bed and here is how it looks:
I must review the values. But it is time to give this a break and see how it looks in the morning.