Monday, June 27, 2011

Do you want a challenge? - Yellow tank top - plein air, painting people at the beach

6x6" oil on panel
Painting beach scenes from photographs is one thing but if you want a real challenge try some plein air!

1st thing is: if you are tackling people you are basically painting from memory.
 No one stands still long enough.  ever.

2nd: you have to draw a scene super fast - block in the shapes, lights and darks - work hard on capturing a gesture and the values of the scene. where is the light coming from? what are the spine and hips doing? what is it about that person that caught my eye? - all questions I ask myself. - instantly.  seriously you have to be quick.

3rd: use a bigger brush than you think you'll need - this is one I forget and am soooo much happier with the result when I remember

try it! - it will really test your painting chops! 

4 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

Love the light. Thanks for the big brush tip! That is so true!

Fay Terry said...

This is wonderful! I am going to give it a try this week when I get to the beach.
You've obviously had practice with this challenge and you did a great job.

Linda Popple said...

You did a wonderful job on this!! Love it!

jyothisethu said...

this is beautiful because of the fact that beach is the place where the light is changing very fast...
and you are true, people also change their stance very fast at the beach because of the happiness...
nice work...
congrats...