TM8969 Beach Walking 36×40 oil on panel
Who doesn’t love a long walk along the beach, especially one with jagged old outcrops between sandy stretches. Beach Walking is a reflection of my ideal day. Interesting waves, with a high overcast, preferably suitable for a light jacket. Love it. You can come too.
TM8930 Winter Waves #2 7×7 oil on paper
Continuing my study of winter waves, Winter Wave #2 is larger (7×7) and has that extreme slant of light and shadow so indicative of winter in our northern latitudes. Winter’s brilliant blues and strong whites are cold, but the warm white of the prepared paper ground showing through feels like sunshine. Liking the larger size, I decided to try another, but this time zooming in.
TM8929 Winter Waves #1 7×7 oil on paper
The topsy-turvy angles and ominous heft of the wave are dramatic. I wanted the strong contrast, but within the large areas of contrast I still wanted some luminosity and a hint of detail. Working with both knife and brush, and with lots of medium, I found I could emulate the waves with a flick of the knife. Oh lucky day! Going back into the painting a few days later allowed me to develop subtleties in the dark areas and a tracery of foam near the top of the wave. Detail below. Enjoy.
TM8929 Winter Waves #1 – detail from foreground
TM8931 Winter Waves #3 6×6 oil on paper
TM8932 Winter Waves #4 6×6 oil on paper
Winter waves seem thick, a bit sluggish, but still powerful. Painting them, I chose to emphasize the weight of the water, and its rugged movement. There is a certain abstraction that occurs when the subject is brought closer. And energy – a big thunderous whoooshhhh. I like the vibrations.
Technical painting notes: I mixed Winsor Newton Liquin Impasto medium into the paint to give it body and to make it almost like frosting to spread with a knife. I also decided to utilize the off-white of the ground in contrast to the cooler white of the paint, letting the primed paper act as a color in itself. The “bareness” of the exposed paper makes the thick paint used for the waves seem even heavier.