View Full Version : Lighthouse at Rockport

10-28-2009, 03:21 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2009/184286-Lighthouse-in-Autumn-web-co.jpg I took this photo 2 weeks ago in Rockport Mass. I really liked the detail on the lighthouse and the rocks were a challenge. I used some knife work to vary the texture. My problem is the water. It was a bit windy and choppy but not really breaking into white caps. I need some advice to finish this. Should the water be lighter toward the front? Would there be any reflection of things on the shore when the water is choppy? Is it kind of a dabbing technique I'm after to get the look in the photo?

16 x 20 oil on canvas board
Thank you for your help.

10-28-2009, 04:02 AM
Please try again to post the photo.

10-28-2009, 04:04 AM

10-28-2009, 04:06 AM
I got it to work this time. I didn't do anything differently?? Oh well, ...

10-28-2009, 04:27 AM
beautiful sky; really nice work on the rocks.

the water in the foreground would show more detail in the chop--areas of light and dark--and significantly larger structures (peaks and troughs) that would diminish in size toward the shore. foreground would have darker darks and lighter lights (reflections of the sky).

may be some faint reflection of the rocks near shore, as the center distance of this shows some reflection of the clouds:


10-28-2009, 08:53 AM
Thank you so much. I will work on it. I was trying to do a little chop but it was even in size. I really appreciate your help.

10-28-2009, 03:39 PM
You might also want to desaturate the water some...In Massachusetts, it's usually much more greyed down, even when the sky is blue.

10-29-2009, 12:27 AM
Lovely details Caysha, the sky color is lovely, I would use it to make "chops" as Randall suggests

10-29-2009, 01:37 AM
Hi nice work so far INHO there is a perspective problem on the top of the light house the viewer being low the top curves sould be in the other direction I took the liberty to illustrate what I mean
I hope you do not mind but it is easier than long explanations

Here is a picture that shows it well


10-29-2009, 01:48 AM
Well done!

10-31-2009, 06:43 AM
Excellent work on the lighthouse sky and rocks Caysha!