This is the second painting I did as part of my Arts in the Parks painting demonstration project at Monroe Lake Paynetown beach on August 5, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The second painting ran over the time slot but I wanted to finish the painting so kept working. You can read about the first painting HERE.
I started with an initial sketch using a brush dipped in cold pressed linseed oil and the magenta pigment which is a transparent color.
Then I blocked in the dark line of trees. I mixed the sandy color using Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light and Medium and Titanium White. I also mixed a violet, the complementary color of yellow, using Primary Red-Magenta and Cerulean Blue, and used the violet to tone down the sand color and add shadows.
Then I added the sky and water. Once the ground was painted in, I dashed in the tents and people on the beach.
You can see the rich glow on the parchment paper palette. Most paper palettes are made with a waxy paper that just doesn't work for me. Scrapping the palette with my palette knives eventually leads to bits of wax coming off into the paint. UGH!
The final painting:
"Monroe Lake Paynetown Beach, August 5, 2017", plein air oil on panel, 12" x 12", c. 2017, by Charlene Marsh.
Thanks so much for following along!