After the Storm
90 x 120 cm, oil on panel
Sometimes, when the tide is low and there is little wind, a film of water is left on the sand. A perfect mirror for passing clouds. There are a few groundrules. First, reflections are always a tad darker than the stuff they reflect and second, they have less contrast. No sharp edges and hardly any detail. Perhaps that is why painting reflections is a lot easier than painting clouds.
In 'After The Storm' I did the beach first. So, no reflections in the underpainting, just sand, including the details in the lower right corner. When this ground layer was dry I painted the reflections on top of it in a transparent layer, wet on wet. I applied the paint with a wide brush and blurred the shapes with my badger hair fan brush. I used Talens Transparent White as a starting point for mixing the greyish colors. Because of the transparency of this layer, you sort of 'feel' the sand underneath it.
Next time I'll share what I know about reflections in moving water. Hope it doesn't get to technical. Let me know!
This is an amazing piece Janhendrik!! Thank you for posting it.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Marc! I combined a number of pictures to a new image. If you want to see how I did that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lUfO1mP2hw.ReplyDelete
Prachtig schilderij. Ik had het al gezien op jouw site. En nu de uitleg erbij van de reflecties. Deze zijn voor mij een perfect houvast voor het uitproberen .ReplyDelete
Mooi dat je iets aan de uitleg hebt, Peter. Ben erg benieuwd naar je experimenten!ReplyDelete