Thursday, March 1, 2012
Big Wave Study
This was a massive challenge, I wanted the big wave to star, with all the wind and force, and the foreground to have a highly agitated feel of rolling movement that expressed the day I saw this. I wanted to do all of it with brushwork suggesting the details without getting out a rigger brush and putting it all in. This is part of Aspevig's idea of "knowledge gaps" that the artist suggests enough, but leaves gaps for the viewer to fill in from their own experiences. When a viewer does this the discovery produces endorphins in the brain that leads to great pleasure and a very enjoyable viewing experience.
It was hard to have the big wave star and not lose that to too much foreground competition. I scraped off the foreground 4 times and once got out a rag and took it back to canvas. I'm starting to learn that I can't do it all on one painting and to be happy if some part is there and to know the next ones I'll get more.
I also created a lavender sky here gradating in warm-cool and in value r-l. I needed a lower value sky to get the blowing spray to show. There is a gentle S movement of light, (Rem naples yellow light, to carry the eye front to back) I used 2 whites a warm one and a cool one, something that is now part of my palette, with so much white in a seascape it helps to create more variety in the pale tones.
In the detail you can see how I'm using brushwork alone to make the suggested details. This work is 6x12, and if I eventually go bigger I can put in more with the space, working up some layers of glazing to enhance the depth.
the detail is nice by itself, its a good feeling when I get something into the painting that was felt the day I saw it.