Here I go again.Taking the color study and up sizing it to a larger canvas. Unlike the last painting, I am not using pastel pencil to mark the grid lines. Instead I am using a method to grid the painting without leaving a mark.
I used white thread. If you look closely, you can see the fine line of thread. I measured and marked the sides.
The canvas is 18"x24". I divided it in thirds. I put the horizon line right on the bottom third transfer line.
I am trying to decide where to place the sail boat. In the original color study the boat is more to the left. First I was thinking of moving it to exactly where the grid lines cross, but I think moving it farther to the left opens the painting up a bit. Now, I have two boats in the water.
I begin blocking in some tone and color, keeping the paint very thin, almost like watercolor.
I am concentrating on the sky, trying to keep my colors clean and fresh. For me, this means trying not to overwork the brush strokes. I placed a dot of white to check the placement of the sail again. It needs to move to the left.
Here you can see how thin I am keeping the paint. Also, I am trying to keep lots of color in the white clouds; purples, oranges, warm and cool grays and yellows.