There have been some stunning sunsets lately. I tried to recreate the feeling of one particularly lovely one I saw on the way home at dusk. My aim was to explore how the pale orange faded into the turquoisey-blue above. Since that evening, it has started getting cooler so now looking at this, I see the beginning of the end of summer…
On another note, why is there a special name for pale red and pale purple but not pale orange?? Or what would you call it?
This painting was inspired by our recent trip to the Sunshine Coast. On the day we left (by sailboat) the mist and clouds had crept in, the rain was starting and the wind was picking up. The crossing of the strait ended up being quite uncomfortable! However, the view looking back up Jervis Inlet definitely made up for it. Photos really don’t do it justice. This is definitely a case where it is wonderful to be a painter instead of a photographer. I was able to paint it as I remembered the view with just some photographic reference. Although the colour palette might look fairly monochrome, there is a surprising range of colours in it.
This imagined landscape evolved as I painted. I enjoyed the play of dark and light as well as all the shifts of colour in the sky and water. We do get such incredible tints in the skies at dusk here – I swear some of the colours are beyond expressing. I will continue to try though! 😉
I don’t often paint over other paintings but this time I did! I admit it felt good to place thick brushstrokes and use the palette knife over the other piece. I’m not sure this is entirely successful but as an imaginary landscape, it certainly has lots of energy. I think I would like to play more with thick application of paint in future.
A larger painting that I will be including in my upcoming featured artist slot in a local gallery. I love the feeling of movement and as well the capturing of a feeling of time. There is a sense of both high and low tide; both morning and evening; transparency and reflections.
The shapes of the waves are stylized and rhythmical. The clouds are wind-blown ribbons.
The shapes of the waves turn into fish…
Hints of sea stars, sea anemones, sea weeds and more…
A gull wonders if it’s time to fly off with the others.
A perhaps even more whimsical variation on the sky flowers theme. Here the reflections of roses in the water are more like roses than the clouds are. I was trying to capture that colour in the sky when blue is just starting to fade into yellow without being really green! As with most of this series, there is a dream-like quality to the vision.
This is another in my sky flowers series. It is fun to paint on a round panel sometimes and I am quite pleased with how it turned out with the whimsical feeling I was trying to achieve. The brushstrokes are free and spontaneous …and it really glows.
A last plein air from this past summer. As you can see, another gorgeous day, sunny and a bit breezy out in the bay. This view takes in Entrance Island and the mainland to the east. In the foreground some of the curious and fascinating limestone formations that are a common sight here.
Here’s my setup with the under-painting layer already done. In the photograph it’s harder to see the island and distant mountains than was actually the case. You can get a good idea of the rolling limestone “dunes” with embedded limestone rocks though. I’ve been a bit intimidated about trying to capture these formations but I think it turned out quite well!
Another of this summer’s plein air paintings …and another beautiful sunny day but I was able to stand in the shade while painting this time. As I was painting, the water was rising and the small puddles gradually joined together. I just had to decide on a moment and stick with that. So I picked a moment when the great blue heron was fishing on the flats.
In this setup photo I have just finished the under painting and cleaned up my palette before starting to mix paint for the next layer.
What a lovely day that was! I feel so very fortunate to be able to spend time in this beautiful place celebrating it with my brush.