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!
"This activity is made possible with support by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources OR Name of appropriate State Historic Site."