It's been so good to get painting again this month and what better way to start than with one of my favourite places on the Island, Steephill Cove. Unfortunately I haven't quite been able to finish this painting yet, think I still need to tweak a few bits but I'm nearly there.
I'm quite pleased with how it's progressing though, I like the mood that has been created and I like the colours and how the light is reflected through the painting from the sky into the foreground lines of the sand waves. I also like the zig zag composition which leads your eye through the painting I also feel that I have inadvertently added 3 spots which Edgar Payne talks about in his book 'Composition of Outdoor Painting' which also help in this paintings composition, I feel they are the sun itself, the distant cliff and the reflection of a rock in the foreground water, they form a triangle and help to balance the picture.
I found painting the sand waves quite a challenge but I like the repetition and pattern they create, apparently when we look at pictures our brain automatically looks for patterns.
Scroll down to see progression shots so far...