Thursday, March 19, 2020

Fix It Friday #3 - Beach Study

Beach Study, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2020

I hope this post finds you well. It has been a crazy week all over the country, as we have watched institutions shut down and events get canceled. I've had to cancel my own upcoming workshops, which makes me so sad. It's a nerve-wracking time for us all.

So... let's have some fun with paint on "Fix It Friday"... 

FIXER UPPER #3 - Beach Study, 6 x 8, oil on panel


Problem 1 - Stagnant horizon line.
Fix 1 - Extended the grasses up over the horizon, made focal point more pronounced. 
Fix 2 - Added birds at horizon for movement and to draw eye into the picture plane.

Problem 2 - Foreground is cramped.
Fix 1 - Eliminated shadow and grasses in corner which opens up entry to beach.
Fix 2 - Kept part of the shadow lead in, but muted way down.

Problem 3 - Overall coolness in color.
Fix 1 - Warmed up sandy foreground.
Fix 2 - Warmed up clouds.

It's always a good idea to let one element dominate. In this case the big clump of sea grasses are the main "event", but they were diminished in the first version. Giving them a larger presence and popping them above the horizon allows them to have the attention they are due.

Click Here to see Fix It Friday #1
Click Here to see Fix it Friday #2 


Sharon L. Graves said...

The Change is amazing. The grasses and warming it up is my favorite. Am amazed that even you have paintings you want to fix.

Laurel Daniel said...

Thank you, Sharon!!! I love hearing what you liked best about it. And oh boy, "failed" paintings are abundant on this painting journey... I have stacks! ;)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love the changes. The sky is beautiful. Like I said before, still loving this series. I am sorry you had to cancel your work shops!

Teri said...

Thank you so much for doing these "fix it" posts, Laurel! Really good. Both our kids and spouses live in Austin, so someday ... it'll be so fun to see some of your paintings irl!