I’ve looked at this one longingly for quite some time and decided to finally take it on!
I spent a lot of time on composition here, trying to make sure all the underpaint colors were in their proper place and in the right amount. I still just missed with the crimson on the right (as many others have noted trouble with).
Happy with: Clouds! Finally! Practice paying dividends here. Waves! I like these. It had been a while.
Challenges: All palette knife work (and there’s a lot here!). Did a ton of scraping off and re-trying on the rocks and lighthouse and buildings. I chose to make a nice big fat lighthouse which I like, but it might have created less depth in my painting. These tiny buildings were difficult and I didn’t get quite enough contrast/brightness in them. Grassy areas never quite looked right to me so I went with a big “Maine pink granite” in the foreground versus more grass. Truthfully I think Bob was pressed for time and finished off with that grass for speed sake. Foamy areas between the waves were also challenging. I would also like to see a larger “glow” and less black space.
Taking the day to paint this was a birthday gift to me from my wife, and what a gift it was! Took me five hours once I got the underpaint layers on, I’m still pretty slow, but I wanted to give it my best effort. My workspace was a MESS after I finished!!!