Thursday, 3 November 2011

Nearly getting there

I'm starting to feel this is nearly there. I'm conscious that it can't become over-worked. This photo better shows the true colours. I've worked red into the beach, and obviously finished the boy in the foreground. I've also worked various lighter tones into the beach and sea, and tweaked down the blueness of the sky.
I'm going to ponder this over the weekend, then see what the mother of the boys thinks!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Trying to capture the movement

I had a right job getting a photo with true colours, always problematic when taking pastel paintings. The sky is a bit too blue, and orange a bit more orange, and the sand a little dull, otherwise perfect! I've work some texture and tone into the beach, the started on the boys. The strong sunlight is casting hard shadows, so I'm finding it hard to keep the boys poses looking natural, not too graphic. I'm using eye-catching light illuminated colours so that you eye goes to them first then the sea in the distance. They've got a long run to the sea and the two in front are sprinting off to get to it, their elder brother looking on, pondering whether to follow!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

The title has nothing to do with photos, just thought I'd wish you spooky Halloween!

I've just received a commission, three brothers running free on a beach in Southern France. Today I started with some loose gouache washes, then once dry started to experiment with pastel over the washes. The painting is all to do with Mediterranean vibrant colours, movement and space.