Taking a photo and converting it into grey scale can be really useful for looking at a painting with 'fresh eyes'. Reversing it, inverting colours, just the change of scale onto a computer screen can all help. Sometimes it's just fun to play with stretching and cropping which can suggest further avenues for exploration in a series.
After many more layers of scumbling and glazing the light has been softened. The dark shadow under the breaking wave isn't as hard and it feels much closer to the mood that I was trying to capture. Using colours that I really wouldn't normally use has taken me outside my comfort zone and has been very interesting. It's something I will definitely do more of.
acrylic on board 44x47.5cm
©2011 Lisa Le Quelenec