Sometimes small paintings stay small and sometimes they also grow up into a little larger paintings. This was the case for a recent painting commission. Over the summer I painted a 6x6" painting titled "Clouds Over Jockey's Ridge". I painted it on location in OBX.
Burnt Umber underpainting to lay out the shapes.
I began with the sky, and everything that touched it -- the trees on the horizon and the bush in the foreground.
A shot of my palette post-sky.
The water on Jockey's Ridge (the sound side) is shallow and the waves were small. Love that dark smokey blue with the flecks of the white caps and the reflections of the sky.
Next, I started constructing the shapes of the driftwood/bear branches.
Beach complete, but the colors needed to be corrected. I gave it a week or so to dry before adding some thin glazes of color.
"Clouds Over Jockey's Ridge"
10x10, oil on panel
It was definitely a fun one to revisit.
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