I’ve done a little more work on my seascape. Not much, but enough that I’m starting to question myself and my choices. What I’ve been working on is the distant horizon. Before I put any paint on my palette or picked up a single brush, I looked at the work in progress, identified the area I planned to work on and asked myself exactly what I intended to do. What was I wanting to achieve in painting that horizon, and how could I best accomplish it?
Because the area is far from the viewer’s eye, I wanted it to be light yet still distinguishable as a horizon separating the sea from the sky. I soon found myself going back and forth on two different points.
- Should the area be lighter or darker? First I’d paint it in with a violet-gray. Then I’d look at it and think it was too dark. So then I’d add a lighter white and go over it again, only to think it was then too light. So, back and forth I went.
- How well-defined should the horizon line be? At first I had a clear horizon line, but then I questioned myself. Should it have a softer, mistier look? I went back and softened the edges, then questioned myself again? Was it too soft, too indistinct?
Here’s the painting as it looked before today’s art time:
And here’s how it looks now.
I definitely do not like my horizon, but I’m not sure what needs to be done. As I said, I went back and forth with it while painting today. Note: For some reason my photograph today is showing a much darker blue for the sky. I made no changes to the blue, although I did re-shape the cloud mass slightly.
In looking at the painting here, I think I want more cloudlike mist, even to the point perhaps that the horizon line isn’t well-defined. I’m still unsure though, so I’d appreciate any comments about the painting. There isn’t an actual shoreline, only a horizon where the sea meets the sky. Yes, I really think I should bring the cloud mass on down a bit — but what do I know?
I’m thinking I need a slightly lower — and much straighter — horizon line just above the most distant rock formations. Beyond that, I’m unsure, and maybe that’s not even what I need.
Comments and suggestions, please?