"644 Late Afternoon at the Harbor" was a mini version of this scene, 6 x 6" painted earlier in the week. Many people really liked it, but I'll tell you now that I absolutely hate that painting, and it nearly ended up in the trash. After all the time I spend on it, I decided that I should post it anyway because not every day's painting turns out the way I want. There is always something to be learned from the experience, and from that experience, I learned that for this artist, those big scenes require a bigger format. This is the same scene, but is 20 x 16" and I am much happier with it.
This was a lovely scene in the harbor at the sailing center, Milwaukee, Lake Michigan, Wisconsin, where I go to study the relationships among water/sky/boats. I am still frustrated when painting these water scenes, specifically boat scenes. I am concluding that painting in a small format presents more difficulty for me, as I have had success with larger formats. Any way you look at it, I may be moving on to land soon!
"644 Late Afternoon at the Harbor" acrylic - 6x6 in
A friend of mine posted the reference photo on her Facebook page and kindly let me use it for this painting. I enjoyed painting it, and I wish I had a rowboat and a calm lake to experience the quiet stillness of a summer or fall's late afternoon.
I thought I'd take a little break from the grey winter skies and seas and paint from a reference photo taken last Fall in Door County, Wisconsin where the sunsets are spectacular. There is a particular restaurant, Buster something or other, where tables are set outside for all to witness the breathtaking views.
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.
It was a dreary day at Fish Creek Harbor when we painted there, and none of the boats were sailing. The paintings I made on that day were noticeably much grayer, but on a later, brighter day I drove by the harbor and snapped a picture. I am fascinated by how the water color changes so drastically with the weather.
With school starting next week, summer is too quickly coming to a close. Our local mall has a nice outdoor area where kids can cool off in the water spouts. It is very entertaining to watch them having so much fun.