Shallow Water 8X10 oil on linen
By this time in August, the days are hot and the sun is relentless. The best way to cool off is to get in the water. I was watching this father and son at the shoreline, saw a good shot, and happened to also have the camera with me. Doesn’t always line up that way.
The dad was apparently comfortable in the water but the little guy, not so much. His face showed some displeasure. If he only knew how lucky he was to be living near a beach as pretty as this one.
I tried some new approaches on this painting and you can see the process below. Seeing works in progress when other artists show them has been so helpful. I thought I’d do the same.
First I toned the canvas with a raw sienna wash and while it was still wet, wiped away some areas for lights. Then I did a rough-in with a deeper sienna to position the dark shapes.
I usually sketched my subjects first but I wind up trying to “stay in the lines ” and I wanted to be looser with this and just get the feel for it. The toned canvas is great to give you a value base to relate to. Lights look more luminous and the darks are already pretty much in place.
Now I started to add in the colors, and again tried something new: a limited palette.
Touch of Black but barely.
And one teeny dab of Cad. Red on swim trunks. I just had to.
It’s a serious exercise in being very precise in the use of color. And challenging.
Without Cad yellows, greens are much softer and cooler. What is it about green? Sheesh, I hate painting them.
So to complete the reverse order of images, this is the original reference.
It’s too hot…. I’m going for a swim. Unlike the little guy, I fully realize how lucky I am.