We recently visited Maine and walked a beautiful cliff path known as the Marginal Way.
It's a narrow strip of rocky shore between the land and the water, stretching 1 1/4 miles between Ogunquit and Perkins Cove. It was cold, but sunny, and there were quite a few walkers enjoying the winter views.
Now that I'm back in the studio, I've been making some small paintings of that shoreline, and enjoying the memories of that day while in a nice warm studio!
I'm using acrylic paints, thinned to a glaze consistency, on 6" x 9" pre-gessoed hardwood panels.
The first step is a pencil sketch, followed by an under-paining to bring out the contrast between sun and shade.
Here's an example of the under-painting on a piece I just started:
The grey toned rocks in the foreground were in complete shade, leaving them bluish compared to the sun brightened rocks in the middle.
Because the gessoed hardboard has a very slick surface, similar to hot press watercolor paper, the watery glazes can be pushed around.
Glazing takes time - I have to wait for each layer to dry before adding the next - but it allows for some interesting effects.
I'll post some more of these small pieces as they're finished.