Monday, January 16, 2017

Raft Rider

Raft Rider, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion


#16 of 30/30.

Painting notes: 

Quick figurative sketch and an attempt to define the basic forms of waves and water.  Not easy, even with photo reference.  What is it about painting water that is so darn difficult?

 Kept values of the "whites" darker so the final splash notes would pop.  After all, white is never really white, even the brightest spots had a bit of lemon yellow added to mimic sunlight.

The underpainting, with basic design and color blocks arranged, was worked with transparent color. Resisted using white.   

For finishing layers, often used Naples yellow light instead of white to lighten colors, which helps avoid the dreaded "chalky" effect.  Found Naples yellow light useful for skin tones and for warmer water colors.  Used white to lighten background color, cool colors recede.
Color block-in stage of this and next post, Wave Rider.  Worked both at same time.

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