|POINT ADOLPHUS gouache painting 10.5x7.5|
I've been trying to not paint from photographs for much of the last year, and have mostly been using oils. But this painting that I had started and struggled with for close to two years needed finishing. I used several photos that I had taken years ago while fishing with my husband, .... and this month I finally cut a mat and found a frame for it.
At first I worked with transparent watercolor. I spent hours painting every tree and wiped most of them out. Then I got out the gouache and after at least one more wiping out, finally finished it. The paintings was originally taller with snow on the top of the mountain and more water.... many hours of work got cut off, but its a much better composition. The kayaker was the final touch.
I had put a whale in the water at one time. Point Adolphus, not too far from here, is a prime spot for observing humpbacks. I'm not sure if this rocky outcrop is actually the "point" but it is close. I looked at Google Images to see if there was a photo of it, and almost all that's there are images of whales.