Painting on canvas from a reference photo.


Reference photo from Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast, Tasmania. Actually I took a number of photos at different exposure because the lighting was tricky. I was careful to compose my photo so that it would create a good composition for a painting. I was drawn to the geology and the colourful seaweed draped over the rocks… and of course the location!!!!!!

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Quick sketch with dilute paint. I draw loosely with the brush using dilute raw sienna rather than carefully with a pencil, as I want a free flowing work capturing the essence of the location rather than absolute photographic accuracy. This is really just a basic compositional guide to fit the features into the format of the canvas.

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First layers of paint. For the sky I mainly applied the paint with my hand and fingers….. for the rocks, more boldly with a flat brush and palette knife.

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I rather liked the white canvas for the sea in the photo above, but not in reality, so I added “sea” and more rocks.,,,, especially another layer on the right hand side.

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The sea needed lightening and a bit more variation in hue and tone, and I painted the rocks in the sea. IMG_0058

Still to go…. a few more little rocks to help link the sand to the larger formations and the decision as to how much “decoration” to include…. seaweed, twigs, beach debris.

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4 comments on “Painting on canvas from a reference photo.

  1. valdaj says:

    I love how this painting is progressing Evelyn. I also love the seaweed draped ever so gracefully over the rock in your photograph. Is is going to sneak into your beautiful painting?

  2. lancekhoury1 says:

    Very nice. Amazing rocks in that area, I like the texture you are creating there.

    • The rocks certainly are amazing, Lance, as is the lichen on them. I also find it hard to imagine the force of the wave that would have been needed to dump the seaweed that high on the rocks.

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