After spending an hour on this, the painting was accurate, but lacked movement. So, I started taking “swipes” at it pretty much out of desperation to make something happen. I think it has some energy to it now, so I’m happy.
I’m continuing to experiment with color (a different palette) and brushes. Palette used: cadmium yellow light, cadmium red vermillion, quinacridone magenta, ultramarine blue, sevres blue and zinc titanium white. Painted alla prima in about 45 minutes. The brushes used are my new Silver Bristlon (brights) which I am loving.
Also, before starting the painting, I brushed a thin warm color over the entire panel, then wiped most of it off. This toned the surface so that I wasn’t painting on white. I left some of this color show through on the sails and the right side of the hull.
Yesterday’s photo of Trump Tower reflecting the afternoon sun inspired this little painting. I painted only a very small part of the photo and took some liberties — which is pretty much always the case : )
Palette used: titanium zinc white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red vermillion, quinacridone magenta, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue and graphite grey mixed with some white to make a light cool grey.
All of a sudden I’m painting with lots more color and using thicker paint. I can’t really explain why except it truly feels like summer and things should be more colorful. I’m also using some new synthetic bristle brushes which I like a lot. They’re Silver Bristlon (brights) in various sizes and I got them online from Dick Blick.