This is 560 x380mm on Arches 300gm Cold Pressed.
Ethan and I went down to the pipe this morning after church. He had a surf and I had a chance to stand in the sun and paint. There is not a breath of wind. The guys coming out of the water said the waves were fun although they were smaller than yesterday. People stopped to chat as usual. All in all a great morning.
I move my spot by about Two meters yesterday, where I had a view of Table Mountain in the distance. I was just settling down to paint when a wedding group arrived to take shots of the bridal party. I decided to include them in the picture but have to admit that I spun my wheels a bit and didn’t settle down till they had gone. And I had left my camera in the car, which was an added element of disorganisation. In any case here is the picture. I eventually added the group in from memory. When they left the groom smiled at me. There was a pregnant moment when I could have chatted to him but decided not to intrude in their day, which is not my usual thing. So we grow.
I also saw, over the back of the dune where I usually sit, there is a beautiful view of False Bay and Cape Hangklip which I will do next time I do not have to shelter from the South Easter. Strand is a great walking beach, especially at this time of the year, there are always people walking up the fence, just beyond the pipe and back. I tried to capture some of them too.
Today I sat at the path down to the Pipe, after a frustrating surfing session, and did a painting. I did two of the same scene – the second of which is not too bad.
I painted the first in a bit of a rush.
Then the wind dropped and I painted a second painting of the same scene.
I think the foreground is better. How do you like my figures? I sketched people as they walked up to the path and then painted them in.
I will put this one in my Beach Gallery where you can see a bigger version.
I have been reading Charles Reid again – The Natural Way to Paint and his latest book on Watercolour solutions. He has such a vibrant way of portraying scenes on site. This is definitely worth working towards. And his figures are so alive. this will need lots of practice. Yesterday I did my scene at Strand Beach again. It also got messy towards the end. The day was very hot, I must get a good umbrella. I photographed a couple and offered to put paintings of them on the this site. Here is my first attempt – I will put the final product on my gallery page – in fact I will create a page for this type of work.
OK – I have just read Charles’ approach again in “Watercolor solutions” and am following his instructions. It is interesting, he suggests doing the darks first to get the value range right. So I have redrawn the picture and have done the darks. Now I am going to have a quick swim then return to do more.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank Cecily in CJs Coffee shop for introducing me to Gypsey Music (Putamayo – Gypsey Groove – really cool stuff).
So here is painting so far…
Ok this is starting with the figure in the foreground. I think I have got into trouble with the hair – too much detail and I still have to do the sea
Now I have done the chap – OK so far. Those Gypsies…
And now I have put in the background – the sea worked OK around the woman’s head. Now I am listening to the Stones…
OK here is the final product. I may touch it up a little tomorrow but my son is pushing to go down to the beach for a last surf on this beautiful, hot summer day.
I have put a copy of this picture on my gallery so that you can click on it to see a larger view.