|The Summer Cove|
Oil on Canvas Panel
11 x 14 in/27.9 x 35.6 cm
Copyright Byrne Smith 2015
Now is the time to get out and capture all those motifs in the countryside, the cities, or the seasides you visit or plan to visit on your vacation (holiday). Or you can paint them right there en plein aire if you take along your pochades, easels, and supplies.
Since there's more light and longer days (in the northern hemisphere), take advantage of the warm weather and longer painting time. You'll wish you had come this December.
Summer is the time for painting the sunlight and putting in all that chroma that is illuminated by the light this time of year.
Painting today's image from a reference photo was a lot of fun. I painted the strong sunlight coming from the right and falling on the water, the mountain, and the beach.
Two things were especially fun for me to paint. One was seeing and then mixing the correct shades of blue corresponding to the various depths of water in the cove. There really are beautiful beaches like this all over the world.
The second was including the house in the lower right with its pop of orange on the tile roof. Note that although it's not the focal point, as would be expected, it leads the viewer's eye to the actual focal point which is the bright, sandy beach on the right.
I hope my blogging inspires you to get out of the studio this summer and have some fun when the painting is easy.