Monday, January 31, 2011

Family Strolling on Beach

This is for Rookie Painter Jan 2011 challenge. It's oil on 10x12 canvas board.

The reference photo is this wonderful scene of a family strolling on a beach. (ref photo) At the first glance, this is actually quite a complex painting to paint. There are three main figures, (plus a fraction of a fourth head) with moving water in the background. Keep the people's figure in relative proportion took a bit of time, I had to compress them a little bit to fit onto the canvas (I think my people are a little stockier than the reference photo in order to fit my canvas). It took a little bit of time for me to sketch out the figures before I start painting.

I wanted to give ocean a bit more turquoise feel, rather than pure blue. I used colors such as carribean blue, cerulean, turquoise teal, plus sap green, ultramarine blue, cobalt. Gamblin's radiant line of colors, such as radiant blue, radian violet etc were also used here. I think water is one of the hardest thing to paint well, and will definitely try to find more chances to paint some more.

1 comment:

  1. Love what you did with this one Rebecca. I couldn't get the challenge done in time, and I lost a great deal of time trying to decide what composition to do. Love the white foam of the waves and the shadows in the sand. Really nice work!