|before # 1|
The under painting in "before #1" was too vibrant so I muted in in "before #2" by adding layer's of grays and greens. But I still wasn't quite where I wanted to be. So I began to re-establish the composition in my foreground by redrawing the boardwalk in charcoal and white paint. (Don't worry the boardwalk isn't done - still has a long way to go!)
Then I started to experiment with different treatments on the dunes. I wanted to create the feeling of an early morning sunrise. I wanted to try different levels of detail. On the left I tried a more realistic approach by defining individual grasses
When I started to work on the right side I took a more abstract approach to representing the dunes. I blurred the sand and grasses a little more. To me the right "feels" more appropriate for the time of day. It still needs some more work, but I think this is the direction I'll be going on both sides.
Trial and error is my favorite way to paint. I try to always keep an open mind when I start a painting session. I experiment with colors and techniques. At times I fail, wipe off paint, cover over areas and start again. Underneath my acrylic are layers my creative journey. Always learning. . . . .