I have a new painting finished and up in my Etsy print store:
First Paddle, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2016 Kathryn Beals
This is a painting of my little daughter learning to paddle her own kayak in the ocean off of Bowen Island, in the Gulf islands of British Columbia. We spent a lot of time there last summer swimming in the warm water.
Here are a few progress pics I took along the way. The color is a little different since I was painting at night under incandescent light.
Painting in the sky quickly with my big brush. I used mostly Ultramarine Blue with a bit of Anthraquinone Blue and of course, Titanium White.
Then I added the beginning of the trees and ocean, again with the big brush to keep me from getting caught up in details. The paint was drying quickly and I finished this part in about 10 minutes, taking pictures from my Apple watch:
Here’s one of the little tricks I learned from my portrait painting days. To save time and avoid perspective drawing errors (something I’ve never been great at) I resized my reference photo in a photo editing program, printed it out and taped it to the canvas with graphite paper underneath. Then I traced the general silhouette onto the (dry) canvas underneath as a reference.
I taped the photo next to my working area and painted in the kayak and girl:
Here are some detail shots from the finished painting, in proper lighting. Pretty clouds:
For the reflections under the kayak, I just added the colors of the kayak and her lifejacket as I was working.
I find water reflections tricky in general and this was a good opportunity to practice. In calm water, the reflections are always sharper than I expect them to be. I used very stark contrast this time and I like how it came out.
The original painting is not for sale, but you can buy paper prints or canvas prints of this one in my Etsy store, which donates partial proceeds to Leave No Trace.