I spent a morning at Kogelbaai on Saturday. I have been engaging in a conversation with Linda Crank who wrote a posting on Facebook about the importance of the abstract structure of paintings. Kogelbaai always blows me away because there is so much to paint so I picked a view and started. I used a full sheet of Fabriano rough so there was a lot of paint to put on. And the light changed, as usual, as the sun came over the mountains. The view I chose looks to the South East so the light and the colours on the slopes changed a lot. And as the shadow on the beach crept back the foreground rocks changed too.
Fabriano rough 300gm – 560 x 760mm – still to be completed
Here is how I started:
The version at the top of the post is how it looked when I left.
The insight I had about the abstract structure of a painting is that this is what the teachers are getting us to define by doing a ‘value sketch’ before we paint. I have to admit that I always say how important this is but seldom do one for my work. There is something to reflect on.
I very seldom get calls on my cellphone but while I was painting I got a whole lot – eventually I turned it off. There was a group of people who had camped on the beach the night before and a couple of them came to chat. I like that. I can usually continue working as I chat. Towards the end I found I lost concentration and started putting down blobs of colour so I decided to take a break and walked down to the shore line. There was a big swell running and the surfers and body-boarders where having a rave. I got back and completed the work I could do on the day. Eventually the pressure to be somewhere else became to distracting and I packed up and walked up the to car. Leslie posted a painting where she went back on site a second time and I may do this if I can.
I will pick this up as a project later…