Friday, June 1, 2012

FINALLY FINISHED

gouache  painting  8x14 inches

I haven't counted the hours I've spent painting this, but there have been a lot of them.  It finally
seemed to have come together today.   I think the reason my gouache paintings take so long is that I never seem to get the right value the first time because the paint changes value as it dries, sometimes darker and sometimes lighter... that and the fact that I start with an under-painting in a different color.  

This was painted from a photo I took of my friend Kim in her kayak in Cross Sound a couple of years ago.   The stuff  in the water is bulb kelp.  The only person that has seen the painting thought it looked like kelp and foam.  I might have to  do some more work on it.    And I think I'll straighten out the waterline on the right.  It was like that because of the surge, but its bothering me.  I always see things wrong when I put them here.

 





8 comments:

martinealison said...

Une très jolie peinture... Je comprends les heures passées devant un tel travail... Une lumière extraordinaire illumine les rochers qui sont fantastiques. Vous avez raison de lever légèrement la ligne de flottaison sur la droite. Vous pouvez être très fière de vous car cette toile est une réussite.
Gros bisous

Carole Baker said...

Thank you, Martine. Your kind, thoughtful comments are always appreciated. Yes, I will change the waterline.

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Beautiful piece. One of my favourite subjects :).
Stay inspired!

Carole Baker said...

Michelle, Your comment is greatly appreciated. I wish I knew the secret to keeping inspired, but encouragement helps. Thank you.

Nancy Goldman said...

This is so beautiful Carole. I wouldn't change a thing about it. This makes me want to play with gouache again. You've achieved a beautiful effect with the medium. This is one of my favorites.

Carole Baker said...

Thank you, Nancy, I did change the waterline on the right and framed it today.

Lisa Riehl said...

I love this! Gorgeous colours and beautiful painting!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Sparkly goodness!