Thursday, March 20, 2008
Close-up of Reed's Bay Playmates
This painting is a close-up of the three children playing on the rocks. It is 10 x 14, a quarter sheet of watercolor paper rather than the half sheet I paint on more frequently.
Again you'll see the s-shape composition. It seems to work well for these water paintings, and I love the left white which makes the figures pop. The painting has lots of wedging of land forms and water which holds the composition together.
I took reference photos on one day where I captured these kids in most of the photos. As I painted the same children yet again, I was reminded of my trip to Italy where my sister and I visited many museums. We began to realize that a painter would use the same model time and again--she might be the face of the Virgin Mary in one painting, Mary Magdalene the next. These little folks will most likely never know they were the inspiration for several pieces of art!