|'Wild and Free' 5x7 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis $100|
Today I am sharing a mini demo of one of the oil paintings I did this week. I had some paint left over on my palette after working on my big oil. It wasn't really enough to save but too much to throw out so I did this 5x7 beach scene. This is Dionis Beach on Nantucket Island. It is a beautiful beach sheltered by Dunes. We were the only ones there to enjoy it and it just seemed so wild and free.
|Mini demo of Dionis Beach dunes|
- (from top left) I am working on a 5x7 panel which I have toned with thin paint that I wiped off leaving a yellow-orange tone. I indicated my design with thin reddish paint.
- Next step I block in the darks with alizarin and ultramarine blue, I vary the mixture and have some areas lean more toward red. I took a break and worked on something else for an hour to let this thin area of darks dry somewhat. I put in a darker yellow orange in the foreground sand. I want to have this peel through the lighter sand color later on.
- I mix the blue for the water with some white, ultramarine and Phthalo Turquoise (yes I added a new color to my limited palette!) I continue with the sky my lightening the water color and adding some warmer colors near the horizon. I move onto the greens my adding some more blue and yellow to my sky colors. I use this lighter, cooler green in the distance and warm it in the foreground grasses.
- Now it is time for the sand. I start with the distant sand which is a duller pinkish color and I gradually make it brighter by adding more yellow and white for the foreground sand. I finish by adding some grasses and shells with a palette knife.