|"Driftwood Giants" 9x12 oil on linen Sold|
New Dungeness Light Station Keepers Award PTP 2015
|Melanie working on her painting|
The trail from the parking area is about three quarters of a mile. When we reached the end Melanie set up right there with a view of the Olympics peaking out through rapidly changing cloud conditions. It wasn't the best weather but it wasn't raining either!
I hefted my pack down the spit where there was more driftwood. I found an interesting arrangement that would lead the eye of the viewer into the painting. I even moved a few pieces out of the way to make a better composition where one long piece of driftwood goes through the "eye" of another.
|On the Dungeness Spit|
The sun kept peeking out through the clouds. I snapped a picture so that I could reference my camera monitor to add shadows where I couldn't see them most of the time. I punched up the color notes and increased the size of the Olympic Mountain range in the distance. I was inspired by the color of the mountains and the way they were obscured by the clouds so I increased the saturation of the blue-green color of distant land seen through atmosphere.
In the mean time the light station keepers came around to check on the painters and encourage us.
When I finished this one I moved to the other side of the spit where Jim was already painting. We were positioned at about 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock around a large tide pool formed as the tide retreated into Dungeness Bay.
|Dungeness Bay 9x14 oil on panel $600|
The funny part about this octopus story is when we got back that day I posted my video on facebook and it received over a thousand views. Jim posted his and since he took the video vertically it posted vertically and didn't get many views. Being new to facebook he was not sure how to rotate it and in trying to he re-posted it to his page six times and changed his profile picture to the octopus. Ha! You have to hear him tell the story!
|Receiving the New Dungeness Light Station Keepers Award|
For "Driftwood Giants" Paint the Peninsula 2015