As heavy rainy clouds have been weighting on the sky over my studio all week, it was very easy to “step” into this painting and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin… wishful thinking painting is awesome! 🙂
The Turks and Caicos are definitely my favorite islands in the Caribbean. Their turquoise waters surpasses even the Bahamas awe. This piece was painted from a sketch taken in Grand Turks.
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This little painting takes me back again to the beautiful Bahamas Islands. I go back to my memories of the islands quite frequently these days… possibly as wishful thinking as the gray days of english spring are upon us.
Still, the shallow waters of Half Moon Cay that inspired this painting are an excellent subject to practice and improve my water reflection technique, which is the focus of this years work 🙂
New Oceans piece in the making!
It was a pure joy to sketch and explore the palette for this prep sketch for the Oceans series.
After trying several blues, I found that Phtalo was the best one for my eye as the main color. Phtalo Green, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber and Payne Grey complete the palette.
Water has always been such a challenge to see clearly for me to paint, but this year I have decided to make it my goal to overcome it!
I am very excited about starting out on this series on coastal landscapes!
I have a huge amount of photographs of Paris taken during a two months stay some years ago, but for my new series “On the road” I wanted something that spoke of its unique charm.
I started to get some prep sketches down this week and work on choosing a palette for the piece. This particular study was completed using Turquoise, Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow.
I will have to keep experimenting as this limited palette does not “feel” like Paris to me.
Less pleasurable travels call for pleasurable past times… I discovered that waiting for boarding is the perfect place for quick head studies: people are so caught up in their boredom or getting numb on their phone screen scrolling down meaningless Facebook posts that they hardly move, making them the perfect models even though quite sad ones.
This place is particularly dear to my heart as it is tied to childhood memories I am very fond of.
I have to admit it was a real challenge to paint this small sketch with temperatures of 95F+ as the water was drying way too fast.
Flying around has become a theme of everybody’s summer vacation lately and people on a plane make perfect models for stretching one’s sketching muscles 🙂