Boy! I’m trying my hand at seascapes and they sure are hard! To get the wave to show movement and to be able to show the sea is moving is very hard to do! For me anyway. 😣 To get that foam and froth just right and to get the correct wave colour is another headache, let alone adding rocks, people and seagulls into the mix.
You also have reflections to worry about, surf curling over and shadows in the large waves as it crashes down. Darks and lights too! And this is not in consideration of whether you will put sun reflections in or not. I have a lot to learn, that’s why I’m plugging along. To get practice. Practice! Practice! Practice! (Now should I use practice or practise?). I am also doing an paid online course to see if I can glean any information, hints and tips.
I will go back to a limited palette and see if that helps! I’ve been using a host of gorgeous colours that I have (my favourite being turquoise and aqua). I am painting on MDF board so I’m wondering how much that is affecting my ability as well, as I usually paint on canvas (where the paint sinks into the material), whereas wooden panels, the paint just sits on the top. I’m also having to wait a couple of days in between layers so it’s not so hard to paint wet into wet. With oil paints it takes ages to dry. This is my preferred medium but I might try a seascape of Lorne that I received from my art course (which has a great headland in it too,) and paint that in acrylic to see if I like that better on boards or not.
I can’t believe it’s already February! Yikes! I have been flying by the seat of my pants and winging it a bit by setting up my website all by myself and with the wonderful support I get from WordPress! It has been a tiresome and confusing experience. Only those with competent computer skills should try it. I consider myself competent and I still found it difficult but now I’m getting my head around it. I have also been trying to figure out Mailpoet and Mailchimp for my newsletter and both these sites have confounded me. They don’t have instant chat like WordPress do, so when I have a problem I have to email them and it takes days for them to reply! Sooooo, I haven’t chosen who I will go with yet. Hopefully I will have worked it out by next blog.
I have also been painting a series of seascapes in my studio and still going. Checkout my latest (February) newsletter for updates on these. (You can find it on my website soon, fingers crossed.) I’m going to keep on with seascape studies for awhile. It’s great to study and experiment with different strokes, brushes and palette knife work. Last year I gessoed and cut 140 boards, (9×12″) precisely for these studies. That will keep me busy for most of the year.
I have sold four paintings already this year so that makes me pleased and I am so very grateful to the buyers for supporting me, a small and local business.
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Anyway, that’s it from me for now. Until next time….
Well here we finally are, in 2023. Boy, didn’t last year just fly by! However, I’m ready for this coming year – well sort of. I’m doing a business course on running a website and art business. The art business one is relatively easy as I have a background in finance but setting up a new website is a doosey!! I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I’m up late into the night (early mornings) trying to figure out how to do it, hence this blog. This is a test run you see. Lol
This year I plan to move from a hobby artist to a part time artist but life (and setting up a website) gets in the way! I will have to try and divide my time up better. It is an exciting journey for me and I look forward to seeing my progress. Currently I am working on a large abstract based on neurographic art. I also hope to get a lot of email sign ups when I get that sorted.
Well, this blog is short and sweet. I don’t want to rattle on too much so I’ll say hoo roo for now.