Friday, July 20, 2007

Newport Coast Sunset - Week One

Newport Coast Sunset
Original Oil on Canvas (in progress)

Even though it's been 2 weeks since my last post, I have only worked on this painting this week. I have been so busy with Art-A-Fair that I couldn't find time to paint in the studio.

Before I started this stage, I restled with where to put the light source. I couldn't remember from the original scene if the sun had already set or was hidden behind the clouds. So, I considered both options.

Putting the sun behind the clouds would allow me to show the sunlight streaming down on to the water. Plus, I could show patches of light and dark on the water representing the clouds' shadows. But, what are the colors in the sky when the sun is behind the clouds? Because I wasn't sure, and I knew I could create a dramatic sky with the sun dipped below the horizon, I opted for this option.

I am happy that I went with this choice because the sky is coming along beautifully. I must admit that I find myself passing by this painting at various times in the day, and am amazed at how beautiful the colors look. Even at night in low light, the sky seems to glow.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Newport Coast Sunset

My Next Painting...

I wanted to give you a glimpse into my next painting. I will be sharing with you weekly updates as I create it. I'll even go out on a limb and share the mistakes that I make as I go.

It's 20" x 80" and is a scene of the sun setting from Newport Coast in California. I saw this scene as I was driving on the 73 tollroad one evening. The sun was setting after raining that day. So, there were some beautiful clouds in the sky. The visibility was great too as I could see all the way to the Palos Verde peninsula. The scene was breath-taking! I know the initial stage of this painting doesn't look very pretty; but with enough work, it will evolve into something beautiful.

Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me, and I haven't seen the same sight since. It truly was a rare sight! So, I am going to try to capture on canvas what I remember of that sight. For a realistic painter like myself, this will be extremely difficult.

So, stay tuned over the next few months as I share updates on this painting...

- Michelle LaRae