I'm terrible for agonizing over what to paint, so I sliced through all of that by snapping a photo of the view that I see every day, while I'm waiting for the ferry to work:
On to the work in progress pics.
Set up on my newly build easel. So new, the wood stain is barely dry!
The two mounting blocks are made out of an old floorboard from my house.
The wood is Matai, which is a New Zealand native timber. It's a beautiful wood, and pretty uncommon and expensive these days. Back in the day they hacked down the Kauri, Matai, and Rimu trees and made stuff out of it; now we use crappy pine treated with nasty heavy metal compounds. Such a shame, so I try to recycle.
All sketched in. I wanted to try out my new proportional dividers and
transfer the photo, rather than trace or otherwise clone. Worked out OK.
I had Mark's landscape video playing next to me, so followed along to some degree. Tried to find the shadows:
I can't seem to crack a randomness on the sea. Any tips?
Starting to find the light now:
Put the Wellington hills and the sky in. No detail. You can see the houses if you look hard enough, but I just wanted the right values. That hills too big though!
Nearly there! Starting to come together now.