Getting some Plein Sea Air
Yesterday, I had to travel to Portland and was able to do some plein air painting at Fort Williams Park again. This time it was a beautiful crisp sunny day, the exact opposite of (my last visit).
It is wonderful to visit these tourist hot spots at this time of the year simply because there aren't any tourists left. So I had the beach all to myself....
|Painting alone on the beach -Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth, Maine|
except for a few seagulls and ducks feeding at the edge of the surf.
|Blocking in the large masses of lights and darks|
I got right down to business, blocking in darks and lights. I have often read about keeping the large masses simple and not broken up into little pieces. Until now I haven't disciplined myself to start that way. This is one of my first attempts at actually doing this. Though you can see I did sneak in a few dots for the rocks in the foreground.
|Warm and cool shadows|
The fascinating part of this scene, for me, is the relationship of the cool and warm shadows and how they play against each other.
|Plein Air Maine|