I loved all the interesting shapes of the fishing boats on the wharf and the confusion of masts and rigging. Trying to simplify it and turn it into a painting was a challenge, particularly since there was a very strong wind blowing that threatened to blow my whole painting setup over unless I kept one hand on my easel. This eventually turned out to my advantage as it forced me to think about each brushstroke and not overwork the piece.
Photographic Reference for the painting
Read on to learn some of the techniques and principles I used in this painting.
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Techniques and principles used in this painting of geraniums
The basic color harmony I used was a a dominant cool blue gray with complementary accents. I contrasted flat areas of colored grays with thick impasto brushwork for the boats in the center of interest.
If you look at the wharf, there is a very subtle graying and cooling of the gray in the distance in order to create a sense of distance. I also used calligraphy in the brushwork to enhance this effect.
Online painting classes
Here are the online painting classes in the Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program that teach the techniques I used in this painting:
- B07 How To Make Grays
- B11 What Are Complements?
- C09 Focal Point And Focal Area
- D08 Atmospheric Value Changes
- D09 Atmospheric Hue Changes
- F06 Thick & Thin
- G07 Planes of the Light & Shade
- H02 Brushwork in Focal Areas
- H07 Contrast of Brushwork
- H11 Complementary Color Harmony
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Barry John Raybould
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