This plein air study has been sitting on the “to be finished” rack for awhile, but I finally got it done in preparation for doing a larger painting in the coming weeks. As a study I focused on a few compositional elements and came away a little confused and may not be ready to do a “real” painting just yet.
Positives from the study:
- Structure of the lighthouse
- Fluffy clouds
- Landscape lighting/values are off somehow – need to fix this to give more depth and realism
- Grassy foreground doesn’t work well with a lighthouse – need to incorporate rocky coast elements
I painted the core of this piece on site in Portland, Maine over the summer. It’s amazing how a scene can sink into memory painting outside as opposed to from a photo. This will be a challenging full size painting, but some compositional tweaks should help a lot.
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