Tuesday, April 6, 2010
One of my own seascapes and some blather.
Above is a 24 x 30 seascape I delivered this week to the Guild of Boston Artists where it won the Frank Benson award. I worked on it till 3:30 in the morning the night before and delivered it wet, about five minutes before the jury showed up.
It looks a little like the seascape demo that I posted a week or two ago as that was a study for this project. I made about 3 or 4 studies before I finished this. I delivered it in such haste that I was unable to photograph it, so I downloaded this from the Guilds e-mail to me. I then photoshopped ( actually photoshop elements ) it to improve the color a little. I find that very difficult. If I had the capability to work red yellow blue when correcting photos I would be very pleased. Do you use a program that allows this?
As I said before, seascape is always sort of experimental for me and I seldom feel like I have a real handle on it. I do think they are getting better though. I have painted as lot of them but they are by far the hardest thing I do. Maybe I am figuring it out, they are getting better. When I paint landscape I feel like I am in my favored element, and although some come out better than others , I feel confident out there. In any event, I will share with you all what I do know.
One of the commenter's asked what I would add to the lovely photos I have been showing to make them into a seascape. Below is a little section of a photo that is all I might use of any particular shot.
I don't find a photograph and make a painted version of it. I design the seascape and then try to wing as much of it as I can, when I get stuck, I look through my photos and try to find one that show a particular effect I need. I will then have to alter that to fit in to my painting. I may have to change the color of that, or redraw it from a slightly different angle etc. My seascapes are not romanticized versions of photographs but instead, are abstract designs based on the appearance of the sea.
Tomorrow I will begin the next element in play in the seascape, the rocks. They are the foil for all that writhing hissing water. The two elements are opposites of one another. I think that is part of why seascapes offer so many great design opportunities.