|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.