Firstly of the yr, Chontele, Elora, and I spent per week with mates in Perth. It has some lovely spots, notably alongside the coast. My most up-to-date portray is predicated on a photograph I took at Cape Peron.
This was a surprisingly difficult scene to color nicely.
The large thought of this portray is the good, shimmering mild reflecting off the water. It was nearly blinding in individual. I additionally needed to seize the putting 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 kind of circumstances the place the reference photograph doesn’t do the scene justice. There’s no means 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 recollections from Perth, notably 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 choose 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 means with them.
Extra portray tricks to come. In case you ever wish to be taught extra, try my e-book, 21 Simple Methods to Enhance Your Work.
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Ps. I simply got here throughout this video on YouTube. You would possibly discover it fascinating. I really like watching nice artists paint open air like this. There’s one thing so uncooked and trustworthy about it.