Had these awesome oranges today, my favorite to eat. So I decided to set one up and paint it next to the easel. I didn't add any special lighting and painted it as is except for the background which of course needed to be greatly simplified.
Had to toil away on this one. It started all from a simple sketch of a boat and some references of some water scenes all compiled to make this painting work out. Had almost two times I was about to call it finished however after taking a break and coming back to it I knew it needed more work. After halfway through I realized it was looking sort of similar to Edgar Payne's work and I mean loosely.
On Saturday December 21'st I'm having a seascape demo at the Galveston Art League. This is an Indoor event, no need for supplies just show up and enjoy the refreshments served. I'm painting an 18x24 seascape of Galveston and will take it from bare canvas to finished painting. I'll answer any questions you might have during the demo and after and feel free to chit chat and watch as I paint.
I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to let this painting go since it's a first of first's type of a painting. But first, before I get into what I mean by that, let me briefly explain why I decided to put it up for sale. Like all artists we love looking at other artists work. It's at least one way to get inspired. On this occasion an artist in the November Issue of Plein Air Magazine, named C. W. Mundy, had a nice article about his passion for paintings to have an abstract quality to a scene, an impression. His style reminded me of this painting I did and made me think that others might enjoy seeing it as well.
This painting is a first of first's. More like the first of few. On a trip to paint on the 27th Jetty, the day seemed more wet and hopes of the rain clearing seemed iffy. Gearing up for possible rain I trekked down the seawall to the beach and soon realized I had left, at the house, my brushes. Oh, geesh! I have left things before on trips, like turps, a palette and yes my brushes. I was determined not to give up and if I had to I might have just used my fingers and rags if it was not for having with me my palette knife. So this painting became my first seascape painting done with my palette knife.
To make things even more challenging it started to sprinkle. I was soon battling drops on my palette halfway through the painting. As you might know water and oil don't mix. Lucky me I stuck it through to the end and came home with a nice impressionistic painting.
Evening surf can be dramatic but even more interesting with some fog rolling in. Ever watch Endless Summer 2 the surf movie? One of my favorite surfers in there is Pat O'Connel. The guy was always hyper and loving every wave. This guy remember me of him, paddling like crazy and bouncing all over the wave.
Ever been in some thick fog while in a boat? I've been in that situation a couple times and it's kind of nerve racking having to look all around an make sure you don't get hit by another boat. This is a view from the 53rd jetty during the fog overtake of Galveston Island.