My first day as Northern Chapter of the Plein Air Painters of Maine
My first day I choose something close to home. Belfast, Maine has a busy harbor mostly filled with pleasure boats. A few lobster boats start off and there is the Front Street Ship Yard. It works on large yachts, sailboats and tug boats.
There are three tug boats docked in Belfast. I don't know if it is permanent or temporary. The day I picked to plein air paint down at the dock there was only one tug left in the water.
It was a beautiful day, lobster boats were busy loading and fueling up. I was standing right next to the fuel pumps.
I was watching a video on YouTube by (Marc Dalessio). He makes a comment about getting the the sky color first and compressing values. That's what I think I remembered when I started painting.
|first get the sky|
I need to watch that video again because the points he makes about values are important to remember...but I forget what they are.
|Red and green compliments|
I have started trying to build the habit of making color notes early in the painting process. Small spots of color I want as a reminder for me later in the studio.
|crunching the value scale|
Compressing the values, I think that is the term I wanted to remember. We can't match the value of light exactly with our pigments so compress the values to create the illusion.
I mentioned before about the trouble with painting the sea and the extreme tidal changes in Maine. Here is a great example of what I ran up against. The distant boats and the tug are now much lower in the water compared to the horizon and the buildings on land.
|Done for the day|
The sun, of course, also changes. By the time I got this far the light shifted to the left side of the boat. When I started it was lighting the center.
|Back in the studio|