Saturday, 6 October 2007

Beachscape - Work In Progress - Stage Two

I worked some more on the waves and I have to fight myself not to do anymore as, being a detail painter, it's very hard for me to keep landscapes/beachscapes loose. They are definitely not my forte. I'll now focus on the foreground elements. This is going to be a challenge for me too as the painting is a 'landscape' shape whereas the reference pic is 'portrait' shape. Once I add the kids, I'm going to be left with a lot of blank space in the foreground.......not sure if that will work. Being self-taught, I'm sadly lacking in the composition department so any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Beachscape - Stage Two - © Serena Lewis
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12 comments:

  1. OMG!!!! it is already gorgeous!!!!

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  2. You added some great depth to the waves - they look really good! I wonder if perhaps a lone child in the foreground, off to the side, with a bucket, might set off the children you will be putting in the waves?

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  3. Thank you, kml. My kids will actually be in the exact spot you mentioned but I just wasn't sure if that would be enough?

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  4. Sounds like it would be perfect!

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  5. Hi Serena,
    This seascape is looking great! Can't wait to see the kids in there :) How many figures will there be?
    cheers, Maria

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  6. Only three of my kids are showing in my reference photo so I'll start with that many and then decide from there if more people are needed.

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  7. I love the simplicity of it as it is, actually. Love the colors you used for the ocean as it recedes and the waves are done so well. I can't draw people like you can--I'd probably just put a little bird walking the edge of the water. This is really beautiful, Serena!
    Always, Rita

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  8. Thanks for your great input, Rita. :) I hope to get back to the seascape soon but, for now, I have a couple of other projects I need to get out of the way first.

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  9. Your work is so amazing! I can totally relate to how hard it is to do landscapes as someone who loves details. As far as composition goes, I felt that was a real weakness for me and recently found a book that's really helped me understand it better. It's called The Simple Secret to Better Painting.

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  10. Thanks again, Jana, and also for the book title. :)

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