|"Fishing Boats at Dawn" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas|
One of the challenges of plein air painting is that the light changes so quickly. Unlike a mid-day scene, the colors in this painting are fairly grey and subdued but everything gets brighter and more defined as the sun rises.
I first block in the basic color and value of the large masses (sky, water, land, and boats) before getting down to the nitty gritty details. Even though the boats are quite small, they take the longest time. I have to fuss around to get their shapes correct and to make them look as if they are floating on the water. Purchase info is below.
In other news, I'll be giving a painting demonstration at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, MA on Thursday, October 9 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. For more details, click here.
I am also teaching an oil painting class (also at the Parish Center for the Arts) that begins on Thursday, October 16 and runs for 6 weeks. For complete details and to register, click here.