Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mini Big Clouds Over the Beach- Acrylic 5" x 7"

I finished a small painting today, a smaller version of "Big Clouds Over the Beach." I guess you could call this "Mini Big Clouds." I wanted to see if I could do another one like it since I didn't make notes on colors, brushes or technique on the larger one. Well, if you scale down the size I learned that you need to scale down the brushes. I had a lot of trouble with the foreground water in this one, but didn't on the first one. Maybe I should stick to 9 x 12" instead of 5 x 7." I could probably keep adjusting things, but decided to just quit while I'm slightly ahead. I did coat the canvas board with several layers of gesso so it would be smoother. I think it helped some. There is still some glare from scanning and I probably should try to take a photo, but I'm not having any luck with that either. I tried Carol Marine's instructions for taking photos of paintings, but haven't found a good spot for lighting yet.


  1. I love the colors and shapes in the water. Strong enough to really hold the entire bottom of the painting.

  2. Thanks Melle. After I transferred the drawing to the canvas, I realized I had more water in the mini painting than in the first one. In the larger painting (if you can call 9 x 12 large), the emphasis was on the clouds, on this one the emphasis was on the water. Maybe the next time I do an ocean scene, it will be easier yet. Practice, practice!