New Tricks

“Surf Roost”

oil on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
I had to summon up my watercolor experience to make this painting have a little life . . . .that is the spray and droplets hanging in the air after the wallop of a wave against the base of the rock. Splattering paint . . .even though a simple trick was a necessary technique to bring this piece to a finish. The dark-light contrast of the spray holds the eye into the region I wanted the viewer to concentrate on. While there are birds roosting on the far rock, they are NOT the subject. The sheer drop and color of the rock and how it sits in the water is the subject of this painting. If I had wanted to make the painting about the birds, they would have occupied way more space . . . . .that is they would have been much larger and in a different spot on the canvas. This one was fun! (Aren’t they all??)

11 thoughts on “New Tricks”

  1. Nice effect, that spray. So did you do it with a toothbrush after the surface dried? Oh, this would be so different from watercolor! I might have to try this.

    Enjoying your work. It’s getting subtler and more graceful, it seems to me.

  2. Hi Connie . . .I used a fan brush saturated with paint and medium . . .then ‘flipped’ the bristles with a palette knife. Didn’t wait for anything to dry.

    Thanks for the VERY nice comment, too, Connie. Hopefully, something along those lines is indeed happening.

  3. My eye goes right down between those rocks Mike. Pretty interesting stuff on those rocks too, like those grays and green grays on the left that look like you kind of scrapped at. You know I like that kind of stuff when used in the right spot.

  4. Thanks alot, Frank. Those grayed greens gave me some fits, I gotta say. I don’t know what it is about these rocks along our shores, but they have fascinated me since I was a kid.

  5. Perfecto! Love the white highlight on the foreground formation, the warm bits of color in the background formation, and the crashing wave as represented with the toothbrush(?) spray. Ya dun good, Mike.

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