View Full Version : "Hanna's Bay"

10-01-2006, 11:29 AM
Long time since I posted. Here is the latest one.

Photograph of Hanna's Bay, Western Cape Coast, South Africa.
Taken in July, cold, grey day, still and quiet sea.

One of the cropped and manipulated the photographs, to get the atmospher of what I wanted to paint.


Laid in some smooth impasto texture paste for clouds
Added fine sand to the rest of the paste to make texture of rocks in the sea.
Added coarse sand to the balance of the mix for the bigger rocks at base of picture.
Gave the canvas a wash of Yellow Ochre as an undercolour, which helped emensly to give subtle movement in the sky.

Total dissaster!!! Using the colours Yellow Ochre and Untramarine and white.
The pale blue was too sweet to give the dramatic effect I was wanting. The cloud formations made two distinct holes in the sky. Tried to fill one in with better colour by adding a bit of Burnt Umber to the blue/white mix, it just looked dirty.

Wiped off what I could, left it to dry. Came back to it with a change of plan.
Used Indian Red Oxide and Cerulean Blue instead. Very little Red Oxide was needed. Gave me the drama. The clouds and light on the sea was white and Red Oxid, lightened and brightened with a touch of Yellow Ochre.
Just a smear of pure Red Oxid near the edge of the canvas.

The finished painting. Oil on canvas, 30 x 60 cm.
Sorry not a good photo, light coming in from left makes the right side of the canvas look darker.

Please comment and crit.


10-01-2006, 12:01 PM
Its nice, atmospheric. I don't know if you captured the drama of the original, but you caught the mood. Very good use of texture.

10-01-2006, 04:46 PM
I also very like the texture and the play with light!nice painting!

10-01-2006, 08:37 PM
I think this is a very dramatic and lovely piece with good use of color. I love the look of all the texture on the beach and rocks...this looks wonderful!

10-01-2006, 10:07 PM
Nice painting, but I like the gray day too. Try one like that.

10-02-2006, 01:10 AM
Thank you one and all. Your comments are much apreciated.

Vee, you are right. I have been eyeing it with the same thought.:rolleyes:

Today is "Yuck" day. :( That means it is spent in doing masses of house work, but I am itching to get started on another painting. Will just have to wait till to morrow when all the washing and ironing, cooking and such is all over and done with. Sigh.:crying: The lot of a female artist is a hard one. LOL:D :lol:


10-02-2006, 10:43 AM

First, I wanted to thank you for posting the progression of this work...rarely does anyone get to see the results of process and change in any work! I appreciate it.

I took the liberty of digitally 'framing' it just to see if you like it. Sometimes with really good stuff such as this, a frame acts as a good setting just like a ring sets off a beautiful gem.


The work, itself, speaks to me of a wistful passion... it is reminiscent of the works of the great, abstract Surrealist, Yves Tanguy...

It's a fine piece of Art. Thanks for posting it and sharing it with us.


10-02-2006, 11:18 PM
I love the textures in this piece.:clap: I really like it.:thumbsup:

10-03-2006, 01:41 AM
Excellent landscape art work! just loverly!