It is the first figure I have done with a palette knife, (quite a struggle) but in the end, I am happy with it.
I have to admit, I get lazy. I always feel the figure is a stretch of my sketching skills. Instead of doing more of them, I shy away......the wrong thing to do! I am happy I finally tackled this figure and my goal is to attack them more often.
Last fall I spent to few days in beautiful Fernandina Beach, Fl, attending a painting workshop. Although we were painting still life, I had a little opportunity to explore the area. I found this great lighthouse, overlooking a beautiful marsh, just down the street from my hotel, in a state park.
I like to paint birds.......usually, herons, egrets or pelicans catch my eye. So, I really appreciated this reference photo from my friend and photographer, Ted Fuhrer. You can see more of his work on facebook.
Despite the title of this painting, it is not a pastel, it's an oil. It's the scene that is pastel. Sometimes the sea and sky are soft colors, which makes for a peaceful painting. In fact, I believe I hear it calling me right now...I need to go down there and walk a while...
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking... "Sea Fever" by John Masefield posted by Carmen
This is the finished painting from the demo I did for the Pieces of 8. We all painted clouds that day, and it was a lot of fun. I am on a cloud kick right now; they are as varied as waves in the ocean. Their colors, shapes, values and textures change constantly.