Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Haze at Old Harry



Haze at Old Harry   acrylic on canvas 50x50cm   ©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec


I definitely seem to have been going through a blue period this summer. It has taken a lot of experimenting with layering glazes of different blues but I finally feel close to capturing that special glowing blue you see at dusk. When I see it in the sky I drink it in greedily knowing that it won't last long and I will have to wait for completely clear skies to see it again. The white water isn't as stark in the painting, it's warmer and bluer. I wanted to show a lazy kind of movement in the wave - sometimes they build up slowly and fizzle out in a short distance as they near the sand.


Turning the painting into a grey scale in editing software is useful to check the tonal values. I've been doing this at different stages throughout this painting and it has helped particularly in getting smooth graduations of tone with the different blues.


Haze at Old Harry grey scale ©2012


Just for fun I flipped the photo horizontally, a slight adjustment to the land mass and it could be the other side of the bay showing the Isle of Wight and the Needles. It could be an idea for another painting for another day...


4 comments:

jazz said...

hello again, Lisa - it's really interesting to see the painting in greyscale, it shows how tone and colour create the atmospheric perspective - i am drawn into the distant pale yellow haze...

i've just googled 'Old Harry' - what a wonderfully dramatic coastline you have to explore! (quite jealous)

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Jazz, the grey scale check can be really useful I find during the painting process.

I am so lucky down here with our coastline, there is so much to see especially as you go further west with Handfast Point, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove etc. I love all the names too, they conjure up images even before you see the land forms.

Michael Bailey said...

Beautiful work, Lisa! I like the idea of the mirror image that looks like the IOW. According to the geologists, the chalk cliffs did once run from Old Harry to the Needles so they were connected:)

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Michael, thank you. It's strange to think how much the land has changed and is still changing and evolving. I wonder at what landmarks artists in the future will be painting and would I recognise them?