It once again made me realize how important painting is to me. So let's talk about a painting I did recently.
|Foam on the Beach, oils on panel, 27.6 x 47.2"|
Sometimes, when painting a film of water on a beach, I first do the beach, all the way up to the surf. In the early stages there's sand as far as the first breakers. The basic color here is a flesh tint with a little Sepia and Burnt Sienna. Closer to the viewer there's evermore Sepia and Sienna.
On top of the beach I then paint this layer of water with it's reflections in thin glazes. I really love how the beach subtly shines through in the color of the water. That's the beauty of glazing: it mimicks reality. First sand, then water. I've used this principle more often, for example when painting thin clouds over a blue sky. Though there have to be more examples I can't think of them at the moment. Gotta sneeze...