|The start; sketch on the bottom and the plein air study off camera to the left|
|After todays work and still in progress|
I have come rather far with it and didn't stop to take many 'in progress" photos. Right now I am not too happy with the heavy impasto of the clouds as they come forward too much. The paint is almost dry there so I will do a little sanding and either glaze or just paint more lightly over the area. I may also eat away a little of the cloud mass with some more blue sky. I'll have to see. What I like to do when I have questions like that is to print out a copy of the painting as it is and then use pastels to make my adjustments on the copy. You would be surprised what a great tool that is! It really helps me make up my mind without acting on the original painting.
The day I painted the plein air piece there was a couple walking alone on the beach both wearing long, flowing white robes. I would like to paint them into this painting. The plein air painting was too small and there wasn't much beach exposed. I will use my copy and pastels to place them before I paint them in.
We are having a very gray, dreary spell of weather and it feels so good to work with these warm, saturated colors. I just turn my back on the gray out the windows and look toward the painting. I hope you feel the warmth!