In the beginning of the 12 months, Chontele, Elora, and I spent every week with associates in Perth. It has some lovely spots, notably alongside the coast. My most up-to-date portray relies on a photograph I took at Cape Peron.
This was a surprisingly difficult scene to color properly.
The large thought of this portray is the sensible, shimmering mild reflecting off the water. It was nearly blinding in particular person. I additionally needed to seize the putting distinction between the sunshine and the half-silhouetted rocks, and the way the sturdy sea breeze stirred up the water’s floor and the crops alongside the shoreline.
That is a kind of instances the place the reference photograph doesn’t do the scene justice. There’s no means a digital camera can seize the brilliance of seeing this dance of sunshine, shade, wind, and waves in particular person. Not with present expertise anyway.
To color this scene successfully, I had to attract on my recollections from Perth, notably my first impressions of the scene as I stood overlooking the rocky shoreline. First impressions are gold as they assist make clear what it’s you’re actually portray. That’s why I favor to color from latest experiences, as I can nonetheless draw on these first impressions while they’re recent in my thoughts and earlier than time has its means with them.
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Ps. I simply got here throughout this video on YouTube. You would possibly discover it attention-grabbing. I like watching nice artists paint outside like this. There’s one thing so uncooked and trustworthy about it.