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.