Semi Abstract “Lines and Reflections”

This time I combined realism (somewhat) with abstract.  During my family vacation in Kentucky, at Lighthouse Landing,  I walked around the marina and took pictures that I thought had interesting abstract patterns.  In this one, I like how the straight diagonal line of the dock edge contrasted with the sinuous shapes of the lines (ropes).  I also like how the bright blue contrasts with the grays and neutral colors of the water and the dock edge. There are some subtleties here, including the reflections of the boats, mast, shrouds, and sky.

The palette I used was phthalo blue, earth green, raw sienna, sepia, white, and an earth violet, I forget which one.  It’s the first time I painted wood texture, and I like how it came out.

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Lines and Reflections, oil on canvas panel
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En Plein Air Painting of Kentucky Lake

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I recently got back from a week long trip to Kentucky Lake, which started out great, but got rather dicey at the end.  At any rate, one of the highlights of the trip was that I got to paint en plein air (outside) on a day when it wasn’t hot and humid.

Here are the results of my painting session.  My family and I went to Lighthouse Landing at Kentucky Lake.  I took along some small (9 x 12) sheets of toothy pastel paper, and my Nupastels, which are hard pastels.  They are great for traveling, as they don’t take up much space.

I decided to add warmer blues and yellows to the boats and the foreground water, because it was so cold and blue.  I wanted it to have more warmth.

My plein air work is not usually as smooth and finished as my studio work.  I’m looking at this right now, and seeing that I could consider softening some of the passages in here.  However, I will probably leve it as is, to maintain the loose and spontaneous quality that makes plein air work desirable.

As you can see, this was a partly cloudy day.  It was mostly cloudy by the end of this painting session, which was about 2.5 hours.