This is the latest in my big abstract/realist seashore series.
I was reluctant to post it because it is a large painting and the impact is lost in a small photo. And zooming in doesn’t really help because it is about the large colour fields a la Rothko. I chose a square format because it emphasizes the abstract formal elements of the composition such as the in-your-face diagonals. They, too, look a bit ordinary in a small photo.
I was initially attracted to this scene because of the colours. I love the juxtaposition of complementaries – blue against orange, yellow against violet.
All that aside, I hope the picture is recognizable to anyone who has stood on a high rock ledge and looked down at the swirling foam as the sea interacts with rocks and air.
This one took two weeks to paint. I used a ton of yellow ochre and red oxide for the rocks. The darkest darks are a black made with ultramarine blue and quinacridone crimson. The blues in the shaded area of foam were made with ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, phthalo blue and Titanium white with the tiniest touches of phthalo green and quinacridone crimson with white to make the pinks and greens.
I tried not to blend because I wanted the texture of the individual brushstrokes to show - also not really visible in a small photo.
There are a million little things I still need to do to it but got the canvas covered today and thought it a good time to ask for feedback.
Anyway, I’d be interested to read what folks here think of it (after trying to imagine it full-size on a well-lit wall). If you don’t think it works then please, please do tell me as I really need to know before I show it. And, if you can, please say what it is that doesn’t work. If you think it does work, I’d be very pleased to hear that, too.
My next big one in this series will be even more “out there” in terms of composition and colour.
Thanks for looking and commenting on this one.