VENTURA HARBOR I
|12x12 oil on gessobord|
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I love coastal living but here I am in
the beautiful desert of
Within one month I have attended two workshops: one with Leslie Saeta and the other with Dreama Tolle Perry. Their style of painting couldn't be much different, yet I love them both, style and subject matter.
I painted "VENTURA HARBOR I" with Leslie, en plein air, palette knife only. We were set up so that the sun was not a bother. Leslie uses a limited palette of five colors plus white: Cad Yellow Med, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green and Sap Green. On the day we painted the ocean color didn't demand use of Phthalo Green though I have seen it used in many paintings, especially in the ocean paintings of Sorolla I recently saw in Dallas. The colors I used to get the above ocean color were Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue (for a bit of purple), Sap Green and Cad Yellow Medium.
Yes, I am in love with harbor scenes and boats. My Pinterest website has a board of gorgeous ship, harbor and ocean paintings. You really should see it here. My plan is to continue this thread of painting and I have already scheduled two weeks of painting in Maine, in Andrew Wyeth country near Rockland.
|A photo of what I was seeing in Ventura Harbor|
You can see I zoomed in and greatly simplified my painting.