At least at this time of year, if we get a "good snow" (?), we know it won't last forever! I am ready for Spring and warmer weather, so I pulled out the drawing I had begun in the fall. This photo was taken on the pier at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, SC several years ago. The weathered boardwalk has since been "upgraded" and covered with a recycled , non slip material like turf. Looks & feels nice, but it doesn't have the charm shown in this photo.
I can still feel the warm sun reflecting off the water, & I want that to be the feeling in this painting. I was fascinated with the colors of the crab, and the way he seems to be "negotiating" with the kids. --I wonder who won?
I re-arranged the composition to focus more on the crab, making him larger, and connecting the figures more than they are in the photo to create a path for the viewer to follow. I am well into this painting, enjoying the process, especially the effects on the crab shell. (I may have to do more of this color mix!) The work seems to be flowing, especially since I have a clear plan for what I want to do. It took me a long time to learn not to just "dive in" to painting and make a plan. I tend to overpaint and need to correct areas, which dulls the effect. If I follow my plan, it makes the whole process more relaxing and the painting will "happen" with less struggle. I have high hopes for this finished painting. I'll keep you posted! :)
Stay warm and keep outta the snow!
I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.