Friday, November 29, 2013

Changed colors of the ocean

From the rocks on the bottom right corner, moved up to the ocean and changed the colors from purplish blue to a-little-green-tinted blue. Since I mixed quite batch of the color, refined the tree/brush shapes as well on the right edge on the island by putting sky/sea holes between them to make them more natural. Now I'm go back to the island's tree&brush shapes to complete that part. This might be the last update of this painting before finishing it.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Refining Rock Shapes&Contrast

As I was thinking yesterday, I spent good time working on the rocks on the bottom right today. Those are actually darker under the water surface than I thought. I think I made them a little too red. But after putting more contrast in place, they're coming to life. I'll probably need to tone them down later when I redefine negative shapes with sand-through-water colors.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shapes created by seaweed

Moved on to the bottom part to get this piece finished. But shapes of seaweed aren't decisive and they made this part of painting less interesting and, actually, broke the entire composition. I have to use more straight lines to hold this together as a whole. I might need to define the rock shapes on the right before seaweed. Those rocks are counter-balancing with the island.

Monday, November 18, 2013

First of Oh Deer Series

Next a couple of animal paintings would be deers, based on photos I took during Olympic mountain hiking last summer. I'll call them as "Oh Deer Series". This is the Series I. This deer was on the steep slope with another one when I was climbing up toward the peak. To show the feeling of steepness, I've chosen vertical format and placed the deer below the center. The top half would be filled with dense spruce-like trees, which is dark green and good complementary to deer's reddish body. 22"x16". I almost finished drawing. It would be left until I finishes Crescent Bay. I really need to finish it asap. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Birds are difficult, after all

Well, all the way to the end, I had never satisfied with the goose shapes and colors. I finally gave up. My conclusion is birds are difficult to paint after all. I probably should stick to mammals.

For the rest, I'll try the water surface a little more interesting by adding color variations to finish this piece. I'm planning to complete it this weekend.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Still working on trees on the island

I made the sky a little greener but realized it's too dark. Instead of touching the sky while it's wet, I came back to the trees on the island again. Not much accomplished but at least I put more sky holes to make them thinner. Now I need to move on the the lower bush and the side of the islands, which is quite difficult to determine the colors and values because most of the part is in shadow.