Out at Fiascherino Beach one evening, I spotted an interesting set of patterns and colors. I completed the painting in the last hour and a half before sunset.
In this video I made on one of my plein air painting trips in Italy, I talk about some ideas on composition when plein air painting, and how I explored the abstract ideas that came to me in this scene.
Photographic reference for the painting
About my painting: Fiascherino Beach Bar, Italy
The basic color harmony I used was an orange and blue complementary scheme, with a minor red and green complementary harmony superimposed. Repeated color elements were the blue umbrellas and beach loungers to give some color rhythm. I avoided making anything too concrete in order to create an abstract ‘quilt’ of colors, but retaining the feel of a beach and cafe scene bathed in the warm light of the evening.
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For more information on some of the techniques I used in this painting see:
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Barry John Raybould
Virtual Art Academy