Sunday, October 28, 2012

On the Beach

Winter has come to my part of the world.  I like winter - the air is crisp and clear, and the world looks clean and bright.  I like having four distinct seasons.  Each one can be appreciated for it's own unique characteristics, and each makes you appreciate the others.
But in the winter, I dream of escaping to some place warm and bright.  Like here.  I have visited several Caribbean islands and have many pictures like this. Paradise on earth.
I met an artist at a art show who did the most fabulous skies I had ever seen.  As it is something I struggle with, I asked him about his technique.  He said the secret is in tilting the paper and guiding the paint this way and that.  He said it gave soft edges and more realistic looking clouds.  I tried that technique in this piece and I like it. It does look like the soft, striated clouds in the Caribbean and the constant bank of clouds just above the water horizon.  And I like the look of the shadows of the palm trees. I'd like to practice this technique a bit more.
Watercolor paint on Cotman  paper block.

8 comments:

creativechai said...

Hi Lyn,

Your painting is lovely, and yes--the sky came out great!

That's a really clever technique, I'll have to give it a go.

Robyn said...

Beautiful Painting.

Martine PITTET said...

Thank you for sharing some sunshine ! I love how you captured this summer atmosphere !!

Clare said...

Great advice, your sky is really natural looking. I like your palm shadows too. We are heading into Summer and I would prefer cold weather.

Ritu Dua said...

Absolutely awesome ! Wonderful colors and bright and cheery look!

Rita said...

Pretty! I'd like to be sitting in between those palm trees! :)

Shirley said...

Beautiful painting. As we await big hurricane, I'd also settle for a snowstorm!

Annabelle said...

Nice painting…waiting patiently for hubby to take us there ; )


Annabelle m^._.^m ~^..^~