|Crystal Cove Beach 9 x 12 watercolor plein air|
We recently went to Newport Beach for a week. I did the above painting while we sat on the beach one day. It had a good start, but needed a little definition and deepening of the darks. So I did that addition when I got home.
I did some hiking on some trails I had never been along the Laguna Canyon Road. After a long hike at the Nix Nature Area, I sat down on a picnic table and started the painting below. I got a call from my hubby - he was done playing golf and wanted to be picked up. So, it was unfinished. I tried to finish it at home but it just didn't go well. So, I used it as an experiment to practice "lifting" color, and also using opaque goauche paint for the white barked trees. It was a good excuse to practice - no worries of destroying a painting I liked!