Evening Sea – In Paint

Last week, I took a short drive south of Clifden to the Coral Strand, which is near the village of Ballyconneely. It was evening and the sun was setting against a menacing sky which threatened for a while and opened into a downpour just as I was leaving. The dark blue and turquoise colours of sky and sea against the peach coral sand and golds of the evening sun were truly spectacular. Here are a couple of the photographs that I took;

 

Photo 1 of Coral strand

 

 

Photo 2 of Coral strand

 

The top photo was taken slightly earlier in the evening. The rain storm is visibly brewing in this magnificent cloud, which seems unnaturally solid and bulky in the way that it hangs over the land in the distance. I tackled the subject in paint, as you can see below and tried to keep my focus on colour and atmosphere. The first picture shows the initial sketching out of the composition in charcoal and acrylic paint.

 

Coral strand painting, stage 1

 

 

I’m using a heavy acrylic paper here. I’ve added more colour for the next shot.

 

Coral strand painting, stage 2

 

 

I’m always in danger of going too far with these because I’m working quite fast and layering wet on top of wet.

 

Coral strand painting, stage 3

 

 

Looking back I like the piece at this stage ( above ). However, I took it further as you will see below and it has darkened considerably.

 

Coral strand painting, stage 4

 

What do you think about this one? It was still wet when I took the photograph. Did I take it too far?

by Deborah Watkins