It started with this photo taken from a cliff above the ocean. See the original post and more photos here.
Before I started painting I covered the whole canvas with yellow ochre. As a self taught artist I had never heard of starting a canvas with an all over color. As much research and reading and video watching I have done on painting I'm surprised I had never heard of this, but the recent article I read insisted that starting with a color will make all the difference in the world. Besides the depth created by some of the under color peaking through, painting on a colored ground is supposed to help your colors stay true. Painting directly onto bright way may distort the way you choose your colors.
|Filling in more color.|
As this point I thought I was pretty close but the foreground was really bothering me. I posted this picture online and immediately my brother started texting me about perspective and how he didn't like the foreground. I've never gotten such instant feedback! So back to work I went.
|Adding more detail to the foreground.|
|Finished! It didn't photograph as well as I had hoped. It looks even better than this and my friend is happy!|