Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spanish Point Boatyard

NANCY'S FANCY, 6x6" oil

Couldn't resist painting this boat because of the dramatic light hitting the stern.  Locked in  light areas first because they never appeared the same way again.  The dark workshop area in the background provided great contrast for the sun-dapples.  I took reference photos of this scene but the camera could not capture the true quality of light and color that I saw while painting outside.  The camera could not capture the colors and contrasts that I witnessed with my eyes.  This is why it's a good idea to paint things from life once in a while.  It will help you adjust what the photograph is missing and the camera cannot see when you do use photo reference.  Eyes see much more than the camera.  Painting on location also captures the feeling of being there, a spontaneous snapshot of a moment in time.  SOLD

1 comment:

Kathy Mallat said...

Diane, you captured the dappled light beautifully. Love the purple hues in the shadows.