Tropical water study

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Tropical water study, Acrylics, 8″ x 10″

Today I finished the piece I started yesterday, working on my water skills. I need to do more practice! It’s a good thing to do when my painting time is limited.

I really admire people who can paint from thin air (i.e. just their imagination). I find it soooo hard. It’s much easier for me to work with an image than to “wing it”.

This is tropical water, seen from above (probably a cliff or some high point), somewhere warm – where it would be awesome to be right now! Too bad the reef that I painted in the underpainting doesn’t show much, but I ended up painting a much broader view than I first planned, so it disappeared under all the swells.

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APAD – Trial Island

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Trial Island, Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

I realized this morning that I have not done a landscape yet, so I had to remedy that situation. Remind me to not do a landscape with such tiny buildings on a small canvas please.

Trial Island is an island south of Victoria. In the distance, you can see the Olympic mountain range. These mountains are actually in the US. It makes for quite a spectacular view when the sky is clear. In this picture, there was a nice band of fog at the base of the mountains, way beyond the lighthouse, helping to give a sense of distance.