I’m very pleased with how this painting — part of my 100-day creative adventure — came out. It is based on “Evening Storm”, a watercolor included in Watercolour Painting with Aubrey Phillips. Because the illustration in the book covers two pages, I’m not able to photograph it or scan it. An online search for an image of “Evening Storm” turned up many Aubrey Phillips paintings, but not that particular one.
Here, however, is my version of the painting:
You saw my initial value sketch made with conte sticks here. For comparison purposes, here is the quick sketch Aubrey Phillips made at the location:
He definitely has more drama because of his range of values, yet still I’m pleased with my results.
The painting was done over the course of several days. First, I made my own preliminary sketch to study the shapes and values. I then washed in the sky and the foreground area. The following day I began working on the rocks. For several days I layered colors over the rocky areas and in the foreground.
For me, the problem was leaving the white of the page. I did leave a lot of white, but I wasn’t able to build my dark areas in such a way that I left any indication of the foamy spray from the crashing waves.
Here is how my “Evening Storm” looked:
Yes, I had lots of white areas I’d saved, but I didn’t have the “stormy waves” effect that this painting is based on. So, I decided to give gouache a try. I wasn’t at all sure how much to use, which brush to choose, or how to apply it to create sprays of water. I made a few practice strokes on another sheet, then just plunged ahead, knowing that no matter how the painting looked afterward, it was a watercolor I could be proud of.
And here again is the final painting:
How did I do with my gouache? I think it looks all right as part of a beginning watercolorist’s attempt at painting a stormy sea. I did add gouache to the “dry white areas” as well, in hopes of bringing it all together in a unified way.
Overall, I’m happy with what I’ve done here. I’m excited to continue on with my 100-day creative journey and see where it takes me.