À la Côte d’Azur = At the Azure Coast, more commonly known as the French Riviera. No, I am not enjoying the beach in a foreign land, but I did paint one such beach I did enjoy. This spot is on the southern coast of Île Sainte-Marguerite, which is essentially the title: À la côte sud d’ Île Sainte-Marguerite. The island about half a mile and a short boat ride across from Cannes of film festival fame. I visited both places in the summer of 2009 when I traveled to France on a short abroad program in college.
An intriguing tidbit: Île Sainte-Marguerite houses a fort and museum, Fort Royal; the historically elusive man in the iron mask made famous by literature and film was transferred from the Bastille in Paris to one of the cells here.
I worked on this painting in 2 stages; I started it in January (but had to pause–end stage 1),
Resumed it mid-April (and tried a different configuration for my studio space),
kept working on it in May,
finished it a few days before June,
and am posting about it in July. Go figure.
This week, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announced the results of its May 2018 “Animals” contest, and my oil painting, Bluesy Coda, was accepted in Special Recognition in the Paintings & Other Media category! (Special Recognition is a subcategory different from the overall Special Merit category.) More than 700 pieces of art were submitted. Be sure to browse the exhibit — there are many fine pictures.
Animals 2018 Exhibition main page: www.lightspacetime.art/animals-art-exhibition-may-2018-2/
Painting & Other Media page: www.lightspacetime.art/animals-2018-art-exhibition-painting-other-media-category/
(Scroll down to find a puppy you might recognize. Artwork is arranged alphabetically by the artists’ surnames, so it’s near the top of the “Special Recognition Artists” section.)
LST’s Youtube page, which has video slideshows of all the exhibition categories: www.youtube.com/user/LightSpaceTime
Here is another beachy painting for your viewing pleasure. This was commissioned by a couple I know in Florida. 12 x 16″, oil. The lady had a magazine clipping of a painting she liked of a porch of a Floridian house, but the background was a thick palm grove. She thought it would be really neat to have a painting with a similar side view of a house but instead with a path to the beach. Something much brighter and more open, with sky. There were several other little ideas, too. That’s where I came in to play–toss everything together, jumble it around, and make it come out nice.
She named it The Promise. Although you can only see a little bit of the ocean now, the rest is there, waiting to be seen, and it will be glorious.
This time, instead of posting several separate images, I compiled them in one diagram. (Below. Click to enlarge.) I don’t know that making this was faster than editing and posting all the images individually, but it’s compact and won’t take as long to load. Feel free to let me know which you prefer in the comments below (1 image or many) so I can keep it in mind for the next progression.
Happy new year!
A year ago December, I posted a series of photographs showing the progress on a sailboat painting. I’ve got another photo progression for an oil painting I did last month. As before, the lighting and angle change a little because I worked & took the photos at different times of day. The actual size is 24″ x 36″. Please enjoy.
Underpainting and laying in sky color
Developing sky and ocean
Sky and ocean colors set; blocking in plant matter
Adding shadows on the sand + middle ground palm tree
Developing grasses and palm fronds