As I continue it is a process of push and pull. I try brush and knife work, sometimes get off track so I might have to scrape away and try again .
The main thing is to not lose my main idea. The values, colours and textures will get pushed around but my idea needs to be retained.
To be continued.
The landscape of the west coast has been calling me for some time and we have now resettled on Vancouver Island. I have been exploring my new environment searching out motives for paintings and they are abundant. Exciting times! I thought that I would work through my process on my first attempt.
I really enjoyed standing by the land/sea interface at Port Renfrew observing the waves crashing into the rocks. Seemed like a good scene to capture. This is sketch number one. I like it but now I have to decide on canvas aspect ratio. Thought I'd try a square format.
I decided that the exploding wave is the main element in the painting. I'll try a horizontal format as I think it will better suit my idea.
Yes, that will work. I chose a 24X40" canvas. I would like to do really huge paintings to express these big west coast ideas but until I get a handle on my new palette I will be cautious.
Block in. I want to contrast the rugged and immovable rock with the relentless but yielding surf. Positioning sits right with me.
Starting to come to me.
Here is where I am so far. There are some obvious design issues to work on. I soften most edges which is usually a good plan at this stage. Hard edges need to be placed in at the final stage. Otherwise I'll get a choppy two dimensional piece which is not what I am after. I want you to feel the power of the surf and a flat painting wont get us there. More to follow.