I painted this one yesterday in one shot. I never intended it to be this minimal, but something is telling me to stop. This photo was taken under studio lights, unfortunately. It’s been a dark and rainy week here. Colors used: Italian yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, burnt umber and titanium zinc oxide. All Williamsburg brand paints.
When my husband and I visited Oahu recently, this gorgeous Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle came up on the beach. We were about the first people to see him and I got a few photos before the naturalist roped off the area. It was interesting to learn that this particular turtle often comes ashore to rest on this beach. Such a special moment to see this creature in the wild!
I used Williamsburg Graphite Grey and a bit of Portland Grey light by Gamblin. The Graphite grey is a cooler grey than the other. The light areas aren’t white paint but actually the gesso layer exposed.
This painting had a lot of details and I didn’t think it was working… so I brushed over it with a large brush, and voila… details gone and I’m much happier. This painting inspired the larger painting of the same title.
This painting was inspired by the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan which is about a mile from where I live. It could be any large body of water, really…. I loved the challenge of painting the waves and giving movement to them. I am happy with the outcome and I can feel the fresh air when I look at this.
I used just Chromatic black (Gamblin) plus white this time to make 4 shades of this blue-green-grey color. This was painted over a Portland grey (Gamblin) underpainting so some of that warm grey color is showing through especially in the lower left corner.