After a few days of no painting, I finally sat down in my studio this evening and did something. My last attempt at painting was nothing but an exercise in frustration, and I'm not sure why I couldn't make it work, but it just wasn't happening. It's not so much that I care that the painting didn't turn out, but my analytical mind wants to know why. have been missing my clouds and still haven't lost interest in the reflections. I went through my reference library and re-examined some of my ocean photos, and pulled a selection to work from.
Here is the first - sparkling late afternoon sunlight reflecting off of Little Narragansett Bay in RI. Much simplified from the reference photo. Done in less than 30 min.