This is another one of my paintings from Vancouver Island, the area where I grew up:
Chesterman Beach, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
This is a scene from Chesterman Beach in Tofino, and was featured in this article from Luxury BC. I filmed video of this one and made it into a speed painting, so you can see the whole process:
Around halfway through you can see me using masking tape to make the horizon. For this painting I used a limited palette of mostly Carbon black, Payne’s gray and Titanium white, with some Smalt hue and Ultramarine blue to add color to the sky.
Payne’s gray is actually a mix of Ultramarine blue and black, but I find it’s a good ratio so I use it a lot for stormy skies and night scenes. I also used Micaceous Iron Oxide for the sandy area:
I love this stuff because it adds some nice texture to the paint and gives a more realistic sand texture, with just a bit of grit. You can mix it in with your paint or paint it on before you add color.
Here are some detail shots: