I am enjoying this learning process of repeatedly painting skies and sea with a very limited palette; especially challenging are the grey tones. With warm weather flirting with us, I am hoping to paint at the Lake in the near future.
On Sunday, my friend took me to Plymouth Beach where I was so happy to see the grey sky and roaring sea. I took hundreds of photos, catching every wave and frequent changes in the sky. I even chased a few sea gulls off the cliff walk. I have been influenced by artist, Roos (Rose) Shuring, who paints en plein air in the Netherlands, and am motivated to learn to paint the sky and sea in a new way. Although she has inspired me, I am not willing to paint outside in the winter weather because I hate the cold. I have been visiting the Lake (Michigan) frequently since I have been home, and realize there is not much difference between our Great Lake and the ocean. I have always loved being near water, (hmmm, wonder if that's the Aquarius speaking) but learning through observation is very exciting to me.