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Old 08-30-2018, 01:45 PM
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Rocks/Cliff face?

I've been asked to paint a lighthouse for a friend. The light house - not too hard. The trees - got it.

The rocks/cliff face. Ugh.

I've tried using a knife, different brushes, painting is by section, painting the whole thing in one value and then adding highlights...

Right now I'm experimenting - doing everything in burnt sienna.

What's a proven strategy for doing something like this? It's from a reference photo so the cliff should look approximately like the actual place...

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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

Can you scan and post an image of your reference. It's difficult to know how to paint without some idea of lighting, colors, etc. Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:54 AM
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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

With acrylic i try to block all the cliff in the very darkest tone - then broadly block over all the medium tone - and finally only add detail with the very lightest lights.
As I don't do very large pieces I just use brushes. Maybe if i tried a large canvas I might try a knife!

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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

I do mine the same way. Dark first and work toward lighter surfaces. I work brush strokes in different directions to indicate rock faces in different lights.
here is an example of one i did
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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

Okay. Sounds like a good plan. After playing that's the direction I was seeing as best. THANKS for the advice.

White beard - your painting is roughly the same scheme I'm planning!


My biggest headache will be that I'm working from a popular spot and I want to get the rocks close to 'right'.


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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

If you're using transparent pigments, working from dark to light means mixing in a lot of opaque white and losing the transparent effects. Of course there's nothing sacred about that, but I thought it would be worth knowing.

Other than that, here's what David Dunlop has to say about painting rocks:

1. A rock is a gesture.
2. Don't make your rocks look like potatoes.

He also says don't make your clouds look like cotton balls.
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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

I am going to practice multiple techniques this weekend
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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

This is a small and rough study of what I'm developing - my client likes the framing, so I'll start working on the larger canvas.

I tried using my knife for the rocks, but don't yet have that skill. I used various sized stiff brushes and varied colors to pick up hints of the sky. I'll be more precise when I move to the larger version, but I can see it being a nice work.

The lumps in the sky are from a previous painting where I experimented with paste. (I reuse this small canvas to test ideas.)

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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

Looks like you you’ve nearly figured it out.
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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

Thanks. Here's the actual 11x14 painting in progress. It's early yet. C&C welcome.


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looking good! it will be fun to see this develop
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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

I'd say you're close to working it out!
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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

Thanks!

Just had a happy accident. I didn't really like the sky - the white clouds were incongruous with the daybreak idea - so I started to add orange and darker purples. It looked terrible. BUT...in the process of adding white to cover it over, I loved the way it blended!

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Re: Rocks/Cliff face?

On the right track with the rocks. There is one really strong light-dark transition in the lower right. It really jumps out if you step back a bit.

Aerial perspective working nicely - good sense of depth.
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On the right track with the rocks. There is one really strong light-dark transition in the lower right. It really jumps out if you step back a bit.

Aerial perspective working nicely - good sense of depth.




Thanks Cliff. Yes - still working it. There are areas on the lower right where it's still showing the burnt sienna/canvas.


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