|"Glacial Remnant" oil on panel|
A couple of weeks ago I met up with two Lake Tahoe artists and we painted at Sand Harbor State Park. I did this painting in oil, standing on the beach. I learned something. In the winter, the sun is low and passes between trees behind and to the side of me. The shadows changed 3 times in the two hours I worked on this. Even though I did a value sketch, I gave up on the morning light with cast shadows and just worked on mixing various greys and trying to establish the form of the rocks.
When I got home and looked at the painting, it looked quite dull and bland. But, it was a good start. So, I printed out the photos I took of the place, sprayed on a light fixative to give the dried paint a wet look again, and started painting over my "underpainting" with brighter colors and worked on the cast shadows from the photos. Now, I am happier with it. I learned a lot.
|The "underpainting" done plein air|